Pharmacies in Delhi - Issues

With this post, we would like to seek your inputs on any issues you have faced with Pharmacies in Delhi. Spurious or counterfeit medicines being sold, shelf life expired medicines, sales without bills, medicines selling over MRP or any thing else, we would like to hear about your experiences.

We will then reviews the root causes (if necessary)
and solutions to come up with a whitepaper for our leadership so actions can be taken.

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Gross misconception. Just read the definition of United State FDA for Generic drugs. The prize difference is because of company. The quality of local company is always is question, which no one want to listen and address. Remember the incidence of death of patients in Chattisgarh govt camp due to poor drug quality. Besides this, this prize drugs sold in India is controlled by Govt Agency. Why the permit such prize difference. more  
Go to any pharmacy - and see the MRP on Generic medicine ( it will be 100 percent more) and then compare with branded one. On Generic medicine chemist will offer you discount 50 percent ( which will be equivalent to actual branded drug) . 2. generic medicines are single component medicines ( example is Crocin/Calpol - these are paracetmol / But some times doctor writes - Wikoryl tab ( Which combines paracemtamol,Cpm and pheylepherin) so if doctor has to give medicine for cough /cold fever - if he has to write - he will write three medicine ( generic versions)..... more  
A generic drug (short: generics) is a drug defined by USFDA as "a drug product that is comparable to a brand/reference listed drug product in dosage form, strength, quality and performance characteristics, and intended use.” By this - 95% of drugs available in India are generic only. So, in any case doctor will be writing generic only. Main issue is quality. Recently USFDA red flagged two famous Indian Pharma about their quality - namely IPCA and Emcure. SO if the quality of famous brand is doubtful then what about local company. Actually no govt agency checks the quality standard of drugs made in India, though there is law. more  
Are Generic medicines effective? Why not to insist Doctor for prescribing generic medicines only. more  
Right, we should promote new ideas. But as I am from heathcare only, thus I would like to suggest few things. One can not force anyone to sell below MRP. Selling expired medicine is alway ill legal. Quality of drugs, which are manufactured in Delhi can be and should be controlled first by Govt of delhi (state unit CDSCO and DCGI) Medical Store can sell medicine prescribed by doctors only. We should control the sale like OTC for schedule H drugs. Rating of pharmacy will not help. There is a gross misconception in India about cheap and generic drugs. more  
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