Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Providing free essential medicines is a welcome move from the government-Provided quality & transparency is ensured


Providing free essential medicines is a welcome move from the government-Provided quality & transparency is ensured
Indians spend heavily out of their own pockets to purchase out-patient drugs, so providing free essential medicines is a welcome move from the government. However, it will remain a meaningless gesture unless good-quality drugs are provided, doctors are monitored to ensure that they prescribe generic drugs rather than branded ones and states put in place a transparent procurement system and supply chain management. 

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