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Prescribe medicines without using brand names, Pakistan regulator tells doctors

DRAP says it received complaints through the PM's citizens portal

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 19, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 weeks ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 19, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 weeks ago
Prescribe medicines without using brand names, Pakistan regulator tells doctors
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Doctors should write generic (chemical) drug names and not use brand names in their prescriptions, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has advised. In it letter to provincial health departments, DRAP said that complaints about prescription practices were received through the Prime Minister’s Performance Delivery Unit. People raised concerns over “company-influenced, brand-based prescription of medicines” in government and private sectors, the letter said. This burdens the country economically and puts patients under financial stress as branded medicines are much more expensive than commonly available generics, according to DRAP.  Generic medicines are a chemical copy of the original brand and contain the same active ingredients. They are cheaper and more readily available. Prescribing expensive medicines under the influence of pharmaceutical companies is against the code of ethics of health practitioners, the regulator said. “You are therefore requested to take necessary measures for promoting generic prescriptions by doctors and discourage the practice of incentivized prescription in the best interest of the patients and country,” it directed.
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Doctors should write generic (chemical) drug names and not use brand names in their prescriptions, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has advised.

In it letter to provincial health departments, DRAP said that complaints about prescription practices were received through the Prime Minister’s Performance Delivery Unit.

People raised concerns over “company-influenced, brand-based prescription of medicines” in government and private sectors, the letter said.

This burdens the country economically and puts patients under financial stress as branded medicines are much more expensive than commonly available generics, according to DRAP. 

Generic medicines are a chemical copy of the original brand and contain the same active ingredients. They are cheaper and more readily available.

Prescribing expensive medicines under the influence of pharmaceutical companies is against the code of ethics of health practitioners, the regulator said.

“You are therefore requested to take necessary measures for promoting generic prescriptions by doctors and discourage the practice of incentivized prescription in the best interest of the patients and country,” it directed.

 
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  1. AM  April 20, 2021 11:01 am/ Reply

    in first instance, Both Public and private hospitals shall prepare their generic prescribing policies. This will ensure selection of quality brands of medicines at lower cost through negotiation between hospital and pharma companies. Generic prescribing policy will assist doctors in writing prescription and communication with pharmacy.
    These steps will ends unethical prescribing practices by few black sheep of profession if hospital management takes appropriate transparent mechanism for brand selection.

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