Doctors To Prescribe Drugs By Generic Name Only

Srinagar: J&K Government on Tuesday said that it has taken tangible steps to enforce prescription of standard quality drugs by their generic names and not by brand names as part of the move to bust the possible nexus between the poly pharmacy and doctors.

“The government has already asked doctors to prescribe only drugs by their generic names and to check the compliance to these directions a committee has been constituted for prescription audit twice a year,” the Minister for Health Bali Bhagat told the Legislative Council in reply to a question by Mohammad Khursheed Alam.

The Minister said the government has introduced 3-leaf prescription form, of which, the original slip will be given to the patient, the second to the pharmacy and the third will be kept for hospital records so that the audit team can cross-check the record later.

Bali Bhagat said the doctors have been asked to write prescriptions in legible capital letters with signature, name and designation at bottom of the prescription slip.

Firstly, the medicines would be prescribed to the patients out of available drugs as part of the government supplies in the respective health institutions, he added. He said the doctor in no case shall ask a patient to get medicine from the market which is available in the health institution under Free Drug Policy.

Legislators Ramesh Arora and Firdous Ahmad Tak raised supplementary questions to the main question.

4 Ambulances Handed Over to Health Deptt Under CSR

With an objective of strengthening the health services in the State, Minister for Finance, Culture and Labour & Employment, Dr Haseeb Drabu on Tuesday handed over four ambulances to the Health Department.

The ambulances were procured from the Corpus Fund of the Excise Department under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme and will be distributed to the Government Health institutions, an official spokesperson said.

The Finance Minister along with Minister of State Finance handed over the keys of the ambulances to the Health Minister and flagged off the same for District Hospital Kathua, District Hospital Doda, CHC/Emergency Hospital Banihal and CHC Chenani in the presence of local public representatives of these areas.

The Excise Department has provided the ambulances under CSR Programme for which the department has created a Corporate Social Responsibility Corpus Fund. This fund is being used for the support to de-addiction centres, measures to remove the instance of drunken driving, promoting road safety and other similar purposes. The department is also contributing to the fund collected from all stake-holders/liquor industries.

Speaking on the occasion, the Finance Minister said the fleet of ambulances shall bring definitely a big relief to the patients coming from far off places and will be great support to the tertiary health care.

Thanking the stakeholders for their contribution in the corpus fund, the Finance Minister said the funds are being properly utilized by the Excise department in carrying out various activities including support to drug/alcohol de-addiction and rehabilitation/counseling centres and engaging them in a wide range of awareness generation programme to remove the instances of drunken driving, promoting of road safety awareness and educating people about ill effects of drug abuse in varied community settings including village Panchayats, schools, colleges and universities, dealing with the addicts thorough programme of motivational counseling, treatment, follow up and social-reintegration of recovered addicts, imparting drug abuse prevention/rehabilitation training to volunteers, facilitating medical treatment of hard core addicts, imparting vocational training/financial assistance to women with no other source of income involved in illicit distillation of liquor and others.

“Social responsibility gives an opportunity to the organizations to work towards the betterment of the society and make it a better place to live by providing funding and resources for worthwhile social causes,” he added.

Distilleries/bottling plants, wholesale traders and retail/off licenses have been contributing in the Corpus Fund by providing Rs 24000 each annually while as bars/hotels/banquets/clubs etc by providing Rs 6000 annually.

Earlier, 3 ambulances to the health institutions in Kashmir division and 1 in Leh have been handed over by the Excise department under CSR Programme.

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