Shanta Kumar hails Modi's support to generic drugs

19 April, 2017, 11:51 | Author: Eloise Marshall
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today inaugurated the Kiran Multi-Speciality Hospital, and the Diamond Manufacturing Unit of M/s Hare Krishna Exports Pvt Ltd in Surat.

Addressing a gathering at the inauguration of a hospital for the poor in the western Indian state of Gujarat's Surat city, Modi slammed doctors for writing prescriptions hard for poor people to understand, forcing them to buy medicine from private stores at high prices. He said that government is working on the initiative of building more and more hospitals and bringing more doctors and proper facilities to the people of India.

The veteran parliamentarian, who is a Lok Sabha member from Kangra, said in a statement that patients in India are denied generic drugs as doctors "benefit" from pharmaceutical companies for writing branded medicines.

Please Wait while comments are loading. "Despite the wrath of a very powerful lobby, the government is taking one step after another so that poor people and middle class get quality health services", Modi said.

Nancy was calling Modi "Dada" and said that he spoke to her nicely, also asked her name, and about the watch that she was wearing.

Although generic drug active ingredients are chemically identical to their branded counterparts, they are typically sold at a cheaper price than the brand-name drug. He stressed that the government will insist on doctors to prescribe generic medicines.

He underscored the need for stiff quality control and also for taking the doctors into confidence as they are naturally anxious about the effectiveness of the medicines they prescribe to their patients. It is supposed to have the same composition, dosage, use and efficacy as branded drugs.

"Price control mechanisms for generic drugs shall remain a key strategy for decreasing costs of care for all those patients seeking care in the private sector", the policy document states. He urges the well-to-do people to come forward and help in the health needs of the poor.

"They were in power for 10 years, but they always put the states on the docks (for not giving land rights). not even a single tribal in the Union Territory was given the land rights", he said.

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