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Medical Council of India (MCI) has come up with a new standard format for the prescriptions made by doctors. According to the new format, doctors need to mention the prescription in capital letters, also they need to mention generic names of the drugs. The new standard format will be legible all across the country.

This new move from MCI will help patients in better understanding the drugs they are consuming. Since, doctors write in a sprawling, most of the patients are unable to read what they have been prescribed. Prescription in capital letters will ensure better readability.

Also, mentioning generic drugs will make the medicine more cheaper (since generic drugs are cheaper than the branded ones) and affordable for the patients.

“The Health Ministry will come out with gazette notification under the MCI regulations. Under this, the prescription should be legible and preferably written in capital letters along with the names of the generic drug prescribed,” a senior Union Health Ministry official.

According to reports, only 1 percent patients know what medicine they are eating, as same salt comes by 10 different names. Thus, generic drugs will make it easier for the patients to know and memorize the name of the medicine.

MCI’s new format got mixed reactions from the doctors. Doctors welcomed the move of writing prescription in capital letters along with dosage and said that it would work in the favor of doctors as it would help them avoid allegations of medical negligence. However, doctors also said that physicians might prefer branded drugs over generic drugs.

Moreover, the new format will reduce the prescription errors, said the Health Minister official. The new format is mention on the website of MCI.

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  • Vikram Singh Rathore

    Docs wont right generic drugs as they dont get thier cuts from it; news must publish how to complain against errirng docs and how it will be addressed and who pays back to patient who has been fleeced by such docs/drug companies….

    • DJ Jesith

      doctors are unethical I follow them closely they always want a cut from the pharma companies or a suitable gift

  • Paramesh Shamanna

    WHEN DOCTORS WRITE GENERIC NAMES YOU WILL ONLY GET BRANDS PREFERRED AND STOCKED BY PHARMACISTS AND MOST PHARMACISTS DONT STOCK GENERIC DRUGS WHICH ARE AVAILABLE ONLY FOR FEW DRUGS. MOREOVER PATIENTS MUST BE WILLING TO TAKE THE RISK OF POOR QUALITY OF THE GENERIC BRAND
    TRUST IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF A DOC PATIENT RELATION AND IF YOU DONT TRUST A DOC DONT GO TO HIM/HER

    • Saran

      why should we fear the quality of the generic brand? isn’t a drug the same in all brands.

      if you’re saying that some Labs manufacture the same tablet without the set quality parameters and standards, then that is the job of Government agencies to ascertain & monitor the quality of the product is standard across all Brands.

      This should be the government’s top priority rather than placing a check between doctors and Pharma companies. that is secondary.

      Before issuing this order, the Government should make sure that any particular drug made by different Pharma companies are all of the same quality. nothing less.

  • Fantom

    I, as a doctor will never use generic drug for myself or my relatives no matter how cheap they are. But when considering about my patients, i will write generic drugs no matter whether they are safe or effective. Whats more important is my patients satisfaction.
    M.C.I. is doing a good job. I hope the doctors increase their writing speed in capital letters or else they won’t be able to attend 150 patients a day in OPD (especially the government doctors). That too when they have to write multiple copies of each prescription in government setup.
    **** A note about generic drug: Search for “Bilaspur+Ciprocin” in google.

  • ThinkFirst

    It is a good step forward.

    Nothing prevents doctors from verbally suggesting good options after writing generic names of drugs.