IMA seeks withdrawal of mandatory prescription of generic medicines

The IMA has written to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya seeking withdrawal of National Medical Commission (NMC) regulations on mandatory prescription of generic drugs till there is quality assurance of all medicines.

The doctors’ body also expressed concern over the regulations which bar doctors from attending conferences sponsored by pharma companies saying such a prohibition warrants reconsideration. It demanded associations and organisations should be exempted from the purview of NMC regulations.

Members of the Indian Medical Association and Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance on Monday had met Health Minister Mandaviya and expressed their concerns over the NMC regulations.

The National Medical Commission (NMC) in its ‘Regulations relating to Professional Conduct of Registered Medical Practitioners’ stated that all doctors must prescribe generic drugs, failing which they will be penalised and their licence to practice may also be suspended for a period.