Drap wants chemical names in prescriptions

Published April 19, 2021
The  Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) has directed health departments  to ensure that doctors prescribe chemicals rather than brand names  of medicines. — AFP/File
The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) has directed health departments to ensure that doctors prescribe chemicals rather than brand names of medicines. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) has directed health departments to ensure that doctors prescribe chemicals rather than brand names of medicines.

In a letter addressed to health departments across the country, it was mentioned that a number of complaints had been received in which citizens raised concerns over company influenced brand-based prescriptions of medicines by doctors in government and private sectors.

“This practice adds to the economic burden of the country and also puts financial load on patients due to purchase of pricier brands. Such practice is also against the code of ethics for medical and dental practitioners. You are therefore requested to take necessary measures for promoting generic prescriptions by doctors and discourage the practice of incentivised prescription in the best interest of the patients and the country,” the letter states.

It may be mentioned that medicines of the same formula are being sold for prices 10 times higher than the original rate.

Published in Dawn, April 19th, 2021

Opinion

Editorial

Updated 19 May, 2022

To be or not to be

The same decision taken weeks or months from now will have far more devastating consequences.
19 May, 2022

Impact on Punjab

THE Supreme Court judgement interpreting the issue of disqualification of parliamentarians under Article 63A of the...
19 May, 2022

Forest fires

THOUGH spot and forest fires have become a perennial phenomenon especially in peak summer, the recent blazes —...
18 May, 2022

SC on defections

THE judgement is monumental and will significantly influence Pakistani politics for years to come. After a nearly...
18 May, 2022

Karachi blast

THE frequency of urban terrorism incidents over the past few weeks in Karachi should send alarm bells ringing within...
18 May, 2022

Threats to Imran Khan

IT seems there is never a dull moment in Imran Khan’s life. First, it was a cabal of local and international...