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.