Concerned over the indiscriminate prescription of drugs by thousands of registered medical practitioners and MBBS doctors in the State, the Medical and Health Department will soon launch measures to promote judicious recommendation.

Poorly trained RMPs and freshly-appointed doctors were not only irrationally prescribing drugs, but also routinely suggesting branded medicines, instead of generic ones, burning a hole in the pocket of patients.

Training programmes

Maintaining that a huge effort was required to discipline drug prescription, Principal Secretary, Medical and Health, P.V. Ramesh, said that as a first step, the department would organise training programmes to educate the RMPs and freshly recruited doctors on judicious prescription of generic medicines from May 18.

About 85,000 RMPs and newly appointed doctors and specialists in 800 primary health centres would undergo training.

Stung by reports of poor patients being forced to buy medicines from outside due to lack of stock in the government hospitals, the department would soon make all essential medicines available to patients in the government hospitals and health care facilities. Already an ‘Essential drug list' was published on the stocks to be maintained in different categories of hospitals and given to patients on prescription.

Generic formulations

A decision was also taken to release in advance funds for every quarter to purchase medicines and an amount of Rs.49 crore for this quarter was already released. It has also been mandatory for hospitals to procure only generic formulations from manufacturing companies with Good Management Practice certificate and with a turnover of Rs.25 crore, to ensure quality.

‘We are finalising procurement process and by August, hospitals will get a supply generic medicines, which cost far less than the branded ones but equally effective,” he said.

Central drug storage

Warehouses for central drug storage in all district headquarters were built at a cost of Rs.106 crore to store medicines in ideal conditions and regulate their supply to hospitals.

The Jan Aushadi/Jeevanadhara stores for supplying medicines at reasonable cost would soon come up through out the State in major government hospitals, medical colleges, district hospitals and mandal headquarters.

  • Essential medicines to be made available in government hospitals and health care facilities

  • About 85,000 RMPs, newly appointed doctors, and specialists in 800 PHCs to undergo training