Editorial (Dr K K Aggarwal) (Dr RN Tandon)
13th May, 2017
We all prescribe generic drugs only, where is the confusion then? (Part 1)
The final IMA Stand on generic drugs
Write Generic (Generic- Generic or Trade Generic or Branded Generic)
Write Chemical name of the drug in CAPITAL (up to two drugs if combination)
Write NLEM (Counsel the patient, if writing non NLEM)
Write the rational (most economical and of quality) brand (in bracket, not in capital)
Non-scheduled drugs, include them in advisories and scheduled drugs in Rx
Followed by other details
PARACETAMOL ( Calpol) 500 mg SOS
Diet as advised
30 minutes of brisk walking daily
Tab LOSARTAN ( Losar) 50 mg at 8am
ATENOLOL 50 + AMLODIPINE 5 mg (Aten AM) 8pm
METFORMIN ( Metlong) 1000 mg at bed time
A 2 Z one at 8pm daily
The NLEM List is available at http://cdsco.nic.in/WriteReadData/NLEM-2015/NLEM,%202015.pdf
IMA Stand in detail
1. What is the difference between branded and generic drugs?
Branded drugs: These are drugs sold under a trade mark within the validity of patent life by the innovator or their licensee. Hardly any Indian drugs are available in this group. Most are international company patented drugs.
Generic drugs: This nomenclature of a drug is adopted post its patent expiry.