The country’s apex medical regulator, the Medical Council of India (MCI), has issued a new directive, wherein it has warned doctors that action could be taken against them in case they prescribe branded drugs. MCI has specifically asked doctors to prescribe generic drugs only or be ready to face action. MCI has also asked doctors to use legible writing in the prescriptions. The Council has warned doctors of “strict disciplinary action” in case any of the guidelines are violated. The directive comes just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had talked about launching a new legal framework that would make it mandatory for doctors to prescribe generic drugs only to patients.
MCI has directed the medical fraternity to follow its 2016 notice in which the MCI had revised the provision 1.5 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 commanding the specialists to recommend medicines by generic names instead of brand names. “All the registered medical practitioners under the IMC Act are directed to comply with the aforesaid provisions of the regulations without fail,” stated the MCI circular, issued to the Deans, Principals of Medical Colleges, Directors of all the hospitals, Presidents of all State Medical Councils.