March 10, 2017
Pratima Mandal speaks in Lok Sabha during Zero Hour on the need for awareness for generic medicines
Thank you, Sir.
We are well aware that generic medicine is cheaper than the branded medicines. But it is very unfortunate that most of the doctors do not prescribe generic names and this is the main reason for not getting of generic medicine in the pharmacy and people are not aware of the benefit of generic medicine and it’s cost of advantage.
So I would like to request to the Hon’ble Minister to ensure the doctors should prescribe the generic names and create awareness among the people on use of generic medicines. A district-wise helpline support centre should be formed with infrastructure, capital support from Centre to provide live assistance to the patients with regard to low priced medicine and lodging of complaints.