The champions for branded medicines would argue convincingly: if we seek branded shoes, branded shirt, branded car, how come we can compromise on a matter of life and death by choosing generic medicines over branded ones.
Generic medicines still do not cut ice with most of the doctors in Delhi and NCR region. Now they very conveniently advance Chhattisgarh sterilization tragedy. After probe, it turned out that the tragedy did not occur due to non sterilization of instruments but due to contaminated generic medicines that were used.
Operating already in 9 states and recently launching in Delhi, the young and dynamic Mr. Neeraj says, ‘it will be unfortunate if generics are thrust upon patients without strict quality control regime being in place. If generics are promoted without quality control, chemists will have a field day and they would promote only those companies regardless of quality which would give them more cuts. In that situation doctors, who choose medicines which they think best for their patients, would lose their discretion.’