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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

MCI Circular on Prescribing Generic Drugs

MCI Circular on Prescribing Generic Drugs
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has issued circulars to the Deans of all Medical Colleges, Directors of Post Graduate Institutes and Presidents of State Medical Councils to give wide publicity to ensure compliance by doctors practicing medicine of clause 1.5 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 which inter alia contain the provision that every physician should, as far as possible, prescribe drugs with generic names and he / she shall ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs.

The MCI has stated that it is not aware of doctors opposing the circular. Further, MCI does not regulate manufacturing of drugs. The quality of drugs manufactured or imported is regulated under the provisions of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 and the Drugs & Cosmetics Rules, 1945 made there under by the Drug Control Departments of the State / UT Governments and the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in the Central Government.

This information was given by the Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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