Date: 23-Jul-2019

Doctors should provide only generic medicines: DCC

To promote usage of generic medicines, the Central Drugs Control Standard Organisations (CDCSO)- Drug Consultant Committee (DCC) has proposed that doctors should prescribe only generic instead of branded medicines to patients. In the 56th meeting of the DCC, it was proposed that Registered Medical Practitioners (RMP) shall supply generic medicines only. However, it has also been recommended that RMP shall supply the physician sample free of cost. It may be noted that under schedule K of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 - RMP can supply different categories of medicines including vaccines to their patients as per exemptions provided with certain conditions