Controlling Medicine Prices Through DPCO 2017 Saved Over INR 12400 crores: Pharma Secretary Dr P D Vaghela at Maiden CME Summit and Excellence Awards
- “Jan Aushadhi stores have generated a saving of INR 315 crore and INR 2000 crore for consumers in the last financial year,” Dr Vahela says.
- “Those doctors who are ignoring CME are doing at their own peril. Though we cannot rule out information bias of pharmaceutical giants in CME, I believe including nurses and other support staff will make it more effective,” he added.
- “Producing good medicine, however, does not guarantee food health, we need to make sure that the doctors have the knowledge to implement the upgradations,” says Mr Kamal Narayan, CEO, Indian Health and Wellness Council (IHW).
- Dr Arun Kumar Gupta, President, Delhi Medical Council highlighted the importance of including knowledge about rules and regulations that is required in day to day practice.
Rooting for generic medicines instead of the branded ones, Secretary of the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Dr P D Vaghela highlighted the stringent sampling and testing rules in India and the low failures indicates at the good quality of generic medicines. Speaking at the inaugural edition of ‘CME Summit and Excellence Awards’organized by Indian Health and Wellness Council (IHW), where he was the Chief Guest, Dr Vaghela said that fixing the price ceiling for medicines has been immensely beneficial. CME courses in India are funded by a wide range of organizations such as Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Medical Council of India (MCI), as well as international organizations such as UNICEF. The Medical Council of India established a code of ethics stating that members should complete 30 hours of CME every five years in order to re-register as doctorsbut low literacy levels and poor awareness of good medical practice at the community level, there is little pressure from patients to motivate doctors to participate in CME programmes, despite what he referred to as the “dismal quality” of the medical service.