Veteran BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Shanta Kumar in a statement issued here has appreciated the Congress- led state government's decision in which it has directed the doctors in state-run hospital to recommend generic medicines to the patients.
He, however, said lot more efforts were needed to implement the decision effectively. Shanta said the multinational pharmaceutical companies were selling general medicines as branded on very high rates, while same quality generic medicine prepared by Indian companies were available on a price 25 to 50 times lower than those prepared by MNCs.
Shanta, who is also the chairman of Parliament's Standing Committee on Commerce, said the committee had submitted an elaborated report to the government during the last session to make available generic medicines for the benefit of poor.
“Most of the time medical practitioners in India under the influence of MNCs recommend expansive brands to the patients despite the fact that same quality generic medicine is available in the market,” Shanta said, adding that a multinational pharma company sells cancer medicine for Rs 2.8 lakh, while the same medicine of a Indian company is available at Rs 8,000.
He said, “In a country like India, where crores of people struggle to make both their ends meet, it is important to provide generic and low price medicine to the patients.”
Shanta also urged the state government to make a law to ensure its decision is being implemented effectively.