REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 115-119

Hurdles in mandatory generic medicine prescription


1 Department of Pediatrics, Gian Sagar Medical College, Patiala, Punjab, India
2 Department of Surgery, Gian Sagar Medical College, Patiala, Punjab, India
3 Phd Student, Public Affairs Program, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, USA

Correspondence Address:
Money Gupta
House No, 29, Sector 70, Mohali, Punjab
India
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jpp.jpp_74_21

Rights and Permissions

Coronavirus pandemic has brought forth the urgency of providing affordable health care to everyone. Generic medicines are often one-fourth to one-tenth of the cost of the branded drugs, and so offer a remarkable opportunity to significantly lower the health-care expenditure. However, the argument for promoting generic medicines is indisputable, we have to think about the other enabling conditions which are necessary for a successful health policy on encouraging generics without causing unintended adverse repercussions. This paper attempts to answer such questions by considering the motivations of the various stakeholders of the broader health services ecosystem in India and undertaking a systematic analysis of the winners and losers from such a policy. We argue that generic prescription will not be successful without prior improvement in the state capacity for quality control of drug manufacturing; rise in awareness among the doctors, patients, and pharmacists; improved trust in the medical systems; and innovative demand-side interventions.


[FULL TEXT] [PDF]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed509    
    Printed6    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded91    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal