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19th April, 2017
IMA welcomes PM's push for Generic Drugs with a caveat

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has welcomed the push for generic drugs coming from the Prime Minister himself. It is the policy of IMA to help the Government to make available all drugs at an affordable cost.

For years IMA had been demanding dedicated fair price medical shops under the Government. IMA had welcomed the Jan Aushadhi scheme of the Prime Minister and has adopted the scheme. A Jan Aushadhi generic drugs outlet runs from IMA HQs in New Delhi. IMA has also been promoting Jan Aushadhi centers in private hospitals. 

IMA feels that no new legislation is required to ask the doctors to prescribe generic drugs. The MCI Etiquette for doctors has already stipulated this.

The concern of the medical profession regarding spurious and substandard drugs is yet to be addressed. The Government has around 1800 Drug Inspectors for the entire country, a number which is grossly inadequate. Indiscriminate dispensing of antibiotics and other prescription drugs by doctors not qualified in Modern Medicine, Quacks and by over-the-counter sales has led to emergence of serious resistant microorganisms. Strict implementation of the existing laws should suffice in this regard.
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The Indian Medical Association welcomes the Prime Ministers push for Generic Drugs 
Urges the government to address the key issue of spurious and substandard drugs, a matter that remains unaddressed

New Delhi, 18 April 2017: The Indian Medical Association, the oldest and largest representative organisation of doctors of modern scientific medicine welcomed Prime Minister Narender Modi's push for generic drugs. IMA strives to work towards making healthcare more affordable and accessible to all and has been demanding dedicated fair price medical shops by the government since years. 

IMA in committed to helping the government in making low price medicines available to the masses and not only welcomed but also adopted the Jan Aushadhi scheme. IMA headquarters in New Delhi has a fully functional Jan Aushadhi outlet. IMA has also been promoting Jan Aushadhi centres in private hospitals.
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