Let me clear the myth being spread by media and the politicians about generic and non generic drugs.1. Drugs are developed by pharma companies in labs and after lots of clinical testings for their safety and efficacy they enter into market as branded drugs in patented form by which means no other company can market that particular drug. This patent is given to the innovator for 20 years to recover the cost of that particular drug’s development.
2. Generic drug is nothing but that drug which is out of patent and can be manufactured and marketed by any company. Obviously generic drug becomes cheaper as it doesn’t involve the cost of drug development now.
3. As far as India is concerned , here in India we have 3 types of Medicine.
a) Patented and branded drugs means newly developed drugs
b) Branded generic drugs which majority of the drugs in India are.
c) Generic drugs sold by name of salt or active ingredient
Before 2005, India used to have process patent that means Indian companies were free to manufacture any new or old drug through a different process than the process adopted by innovator by application of reverse engineering. This made Made in India drugs the cheapest in the world.
But after 2005, UPA Government signed a pact regarding product patent in World Trade Organisation which marked the end to availability of cheap new drugs in India as now Indian manufacturer were not allowed to make new drugs through different process.
This led to sale of new life saving drugs at exorbitant prices by multinational pharma giants. These days newly marketed drugs particularly for cancers, heart diseases, diabetes and many other life threatening diseases are out of reach of majority of patients due to their exorbitant prices.
So, we can easily understand that its the govt. policy which has led to the high cost of treatment and not the Indian pharma companies or doctors.
Regarding branded generics, let me tell you it is to ensure quality. As we know in every commodity brand value is built through strong and stringent quality control measures.
How can a doctor or patient ensure the quality if pure generic drug by salt name is sold ? Then the patients will be at the mercy of the chemist who will simply sell the brand with maximum profit.
So I request my worthy PM Modi ji to look into the matter carefully and discuss the matter with experts before uttering bad words about the doctors who serve the ailing humanity with utmost zeal and dedication. The loss of relation of Trust by such immature statements without knowing the facts fully is really damaging for the health of the nation.
N.B. HERE I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION VERY STRONGLY THAT IN INDIA COST OF TREATMENT AND ALSO COST OF THE MEDICINE IS THE LEAST IN THE WORLD. AND INDIAN DOCTORS ARE CONSIDERED THE BEST IN THE WORLD DUE TO THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION.
Let’s not kill our pharma companies which have provided us the quality medicines at the most affordable prices .
Let’s Respect our doctors who serve the ailing humanity with utmost dedication, hard work, sacrifice and quest for excellence ; keeping the patients above themselves.