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Physicians can only prescribe generic drugs, and must write the names of these drugs legibly, preferably in capital letters, a recent amendment to the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette, and Ethics) Regulation 2002 has said.

On October 8, the Medical Council of India amended the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette, and Ethics) Regulation 2002 to include this clause.

The clause also said that the physician should ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs.

Indian Medical Association president (elect), Ravi Wankhedkar told The Times of India that the notification has been circulated to all the local bodies of Indian Medical Association.

Violation of these codes of conduct is considered and decided before the Medical Council of India or State Medical Council.

The issue had cropped up in a Lok Sabha debate last year. the Union Health Minister JP Nadda had accepted the concerns and had said that illegible prescriptions could lead to serious implications, even deaths in certain cases, PTI reported.

Physicians prescribing only generic medicines, and not their brand names could help curb the unethical marketing practices, said the report. The rational use of drugs helps curb antimicrobial resistance in the community.
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