The government should include all medicines under the DPCO(Drug Price Control Orders)
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Medicines remain overpriced and unaffordable in India.
Read this column addressing the issue by member of parliament Mr. Varun Gandhi which was written hardly a year ago, on 26th January, 2016 -
Blaming doctors alone for prescribing costly medicines and forcing them to prescribe generic medicine can’t be the solution to the problem of overpriced medicines. The fact is, pharmaceutical companies have huge profit margins and the margin is in actuality more for pharmaceuticals making generic medicines compared to those making branded medicines.
Link to TOI article outlining enormous profit margins on generic drugs:
To increase the sale of their products, pharmaceutical companies share their profits: may it be with doctors, pharmaceutical distributors, medical store owners, pharmacists or even with the owners of corporate hospitals. Promoting generic medicines, forcing doctors to prescribe them only will result in common man buying low quality medicines to further the profit of pharmaceutical companies which in turn will be shared with the middlemen.
How does this improve the situation for the common man?
Enormous profits of pharmaceutical companies should be controlled. If the common man has to be benefitted directly, the government should include all medicines under the DPCO (Drug Price Control Orders), which will fix ceiling prices on them and make them available to common man at reasonable prices.
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