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Bhopal: docs to prescribe generic medicine

M Poornima, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, September 03, 2013
First Published: 10:02 IST(3/9/2013) | Last Updated: 11:28 IST(3/9/2013)

Now government doctors would prescribe only those medicines which were available in essential drug list (EDL) of government health centres, while giving consultancy at their residences.

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Till now they were bound to write medicines from EDL in hospital only but this rule would be applicable during their private practice also.

Not only this, doctors would be asked to refer their patients to government health centres for all the diagnostic tests instead of any private diagnostic centre.

The proposal for the same has been prepared and orders would be released by the health department soon.

The motive of starting this system is to promote generic medicines among common people.

Principal secretary, health, Praveer Krishn said this would help poor people to get good treatment in less cost.

He said this was to assure that government doctors should write only generic drugs.

This system would also help in promoting health facilities of government sector, he added.

He further said with the help of this system people visiting private clinics of government doctors would be able to get their pathology and other diagnostic tests done in government health centres.

Government doctors would refer their private patients to government health centres for diagnostic tests, he added.

This system would save lots of money of government as large amount of money was invested by the government on reimbursement of cost of medicines of retired government employees.

The retired government employees used to prefer private clinics for treatment, where doctors used to prescribe open market medicines.

It will also help those people who wants to avoid rush of government hospitals but wants to take medicines from government hospitals.

Several people feel that doctors at government hospital does not give sufficient time to patients so they prefer to go to their private clinics for treatment but with this system they will have a choice to get generic medicines at private clinics also.

One more patient was diagnosed with dengue in Bhopal on Monday.

The 34-year-old man was resident of Haryana, but was in Bhopal for the past few days.

Till now, total 24 patients have been diagnosed with dengue in Bhopal this year. The health department team is regularly conducting fogging in those areas, where cases of dengue have been identified.

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