The Central government is considering the introduction of a law to make it mandatory for doctors to prescribe generic drugs so that patients can access affordable medicines provided through state-run Jan Aushadhi stores.

Reason for legal route:

The doctors’ preference for branded medicines is seen as a major hurdle as doctors don’t prescribe generic medicines supplied through Jan Aushadistores, so patients find it tough to ask for the correct generic equivalents.

The govt. plans to setup 3,000 Jan Aushadhi stores across the country this year.

The govt. has proposed an ordinance or Act of Parliament to ensure that doctors prescribe generic drugs or include a clause ‘or equivalent generic drug,’ when they prescribe a branded drug.
The main focus is accessibility, affordability and availability of medicines.