PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa authorities is more likely to impose a ban on basic practitioners from prescribing medicines with their model names.
On this regard, the provincial well being ministry would transfer a abstract making it obligatory for physicians to prescribe the generic identify of a drugs solely. “Docs will probably be prescribing medicines with generic names solely,” says a senior well being official coping with the difficulty.
He stated each drugs has an accredited generic identify, and added, “as soon as a number of corporations begin manufacturing the identical drugs, every firm provides its product a commerce identify”.
The transfer got here after the well being ministry in addition to the Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell acquired a number of complaints towards pharmaceutical companies allegedly providing engaging packages to common practitioners in trade for prescribing a specific model of drugs.
Officers within the well being ministry stated the complainants had levelled critical allegations. “The bulk said that pharmaceutical corporations have provided common practitioners hefty advantages starting from financial rewards to gives of paying their utility payments, shopping for them luxurious automobiles and day by day commodities, and even paying tuition charges of their youngsters.”
Sources stated a number of corporations had signed contracts whereby docs have been sure to prescribe particular medicines to sufferers. “These corporations have taken under consideration the revenue margin of distributers, wholesale sellers in addition to docs of their calculations and finally the burden falls on the shoulders of harmless individuals.”
One other official, who additionally refused to share his id, stated the follow of prescribing branded medicine was finished solely in Pakistan and added even within the Gulf docs prescribed medicines solely with their generic names.
A senior medical consultant, who has been coping with docs on the difficulty for over a decade, stated a lot of the calls for put ahead by docs have been accommodated in any deal signed between pharmaceutical companies and the previous.
“Our firm presents principally overseas journeys [with family], keep at luxurious lodges in hilly areas [during the summer], bungalows in upscale residential areas and newest automobiles,” he informed The Categorical Tribune on the situation of anonymity in view of the character of the difficulty.
“The fatter the motivation, the extra is your product prescribed to sufferers.”
Revealed in The Categorical Tribune, February 1st, 2017.
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