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4th June, 2017
 Revisiting the Generic Drugs Controversy: The MCI Circular
 

The 2016 amended clause 1.5 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 reads:
 

"1.5 - Use of Generic names of drugs: Every physician SHOULD prescribe drugs with generic names legibly and preferably in capital letters and he/ she SHALL ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs."
 

MCI by a circular dated 21.04.2017 has reinstated that all the Registered Medical Practitioners under the IMC Act are to comply with the aforesaid provisions of the Regulations in its letter and spirit and has warned that any violation will attract disciplinary action by the concerned SMC/MCI.

“Every physician” means all those who are registered with MCI or the State Medical Council.
 

“Should” means discretional and not mandatory.
 

“Prescribe drugs with generic names” means writing the chemical name of the drug. This is not synonymous with generic drugs.

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