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13th May, 2017
We all prescribe generic drugs only, where is the confusion then? (Part 1)
The final IMA Stand on generic drugs
  • Write Legible
  • Write Generic (Generic- Generic or Trade Generic or Branded Generic)
  • Write Chemical name of the drug in CAPITAL (up to two drugs if combination)
  • Write NLEM (Counsel the patient, if writing non NLEM)
  • Write the rational (most economical and of quality) brand (in bracket, not in capital)
  • Non-scheduled drugs, include them in advisories and scheduled drugs in Rx
Followed by other details
  1. PARACETAMOL ( Calpol) 500 mg SOS
  2. Diet as advised
  3. 30 minutes of brisk walking daily
  1. Tab LOSARTAN ( Losar) 50 mg at 8am
  2. ATENOLOL 50 + AMLODIPINE 5 mg (Aten AM) 8pm
  3. METFORMIN ( Metlong) 1000 mg at bed time
  4. A 2 Z one at 8pm daily
The NLEM List is available at,%202015.pdf

IMA Stand in detail

1. What is the difference between branded and generic drugs?
  • Branded drugs: These are drugs sold under a trade mark within the validity of patent life by the innovator or their licensee. Hardly any Indian drugs are available in this group. Most are international company patented drugs.
  • Generic drugs: This nomenclature of a drug is adopted post its patent expiry. 
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