Ahmedabad: The Gujarat high court on Thursday issued a notice to the National Medical Commission ,nmc) in response to a PIL filed by four consumer activists in the city. The plea sought directions to the authorities to formulate rules for doctors to prescribe generic drugs to patients and not insist on branded medicine.
The PIL stated the health sector must not exploit common people by forcing them to purchase branded drugs that cost several times more than medicines under generic names available at affordable prices.
“The HC had earlier issued notice to the Medical Council of India (MCI). Since the NMC has replaced it, the HC has issued fresh notice and sought its reply by January 30,” said petitioners’ advocate Bhavik Samani.
The PIL insisted on the need to direct the authorities to amend existing laws so that people can be adequately served by helping them buy generic versions of drugs. It complained that doctors do not follow the rules, but there is no mechanism to act against such defaulting medical practitioners.