The Medical Council of India (MCI) has asked doctors to prescribe drugs rationally and write the names of medicines along with their generic names in capital letters.
“Every physician should prescribe drugs with generic names legibly and preferably in capital letters and he/she shall ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs,” MCI said in a gazette notification on October 8.
The notification was issued to amend the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette, and Ethics) Regulation 2002. Approved for publication on September 21, this is an upgrade of the previous notification that says doctors should write generic names of the drugs they prescribe.
“The notification is too vague. The MCI is trying to create an impression that something is being done. This will not work unless the government comes out with treatment specific guidelines,” Chandra M Gulhati, a former consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO) told. Read Full Article