The Karnataka government will soon start selling generic drugs. In a novel initiative the state government intends to sell generic drugs at subsidised rates, almost 50% less than the MRP. This move will come as a welcome relief to people who can’t afford expensive branded drugs. The drug stores will be called the ‘Janatha Bazaar Generic Drug Store’
Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate recently touched on the generic drugs topic during the episode on medical malpractice.
The first one will come up in the premises of the Victoria Hospital. This facility will be made available to all hospitals which come under the medical educational government.
The initiative is being undertaken in collaboration with the Karnataka State Cooperative Consumer Federation Ltd. Instructions have been given to all the hospitals under the department to prescribe only generic drugs
The medicines will go from the manufacturer to the patient directly without any middle-man thus bringing down the costs.
“The government is initiating this system for the first time in the history of the state. The medicines reach directly to the patients from the manufacturers. They will be sold 50% less than the MRP. And compared to the branded drugs, it would be much cheaper. Majority of poor patients do not have any either the private or the public health insurance cover. The scheme will such people the most,” said S. A. Ramdas, the medical education minister. The minister said the government would take up awareness programme about generic drugs on a priority basis.