Kerala to implement generic prescription rules

Kerala to implement generic prescription rules

The Travancore-Cochin Medical Council (TCMC) has directed all registered medical practitioners working in Kerala to adhere to the guidelines of India’s medical regulator while prescribing drugs.

The Medical Council of India (MCI), the country’s top medical regulator, brought out the guidelines for generic prescription on September 28 in 2016.

Kerala’s medical regulator has now mandated that all professionals write the generic names of prescribed drugs in capital letters. Doctors are liable for disciplinary action if they fail to comply with the directive.

The order is binding on all doctors from government and private sectors.

The doctors, however, can mention the brand names in the prescription to avoid confusing patients who are familiar with their routine brands, reports said. Earlier, the state council members had vehemently opposed the MCI decision to implement the new generic prescription guidelines.

The new directive has reportedly come out on the insistence of the state health secretary who wanted the council to implement the guidelines of the MCI in Kerala, as it is seen as a role model for other states in several healthcare reforms.

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