"After assuming office, mechanisms were put to bring down prices of medicines even if that meant pharma companies are unhappy with us", Modi said.
"But the massive work you've done. the country should know and see our work", Modi said while inaugurating the Rs500 crore Kiran Multi-Speciality Hospital that has been built by a trust whose members are mostly Patels. "In India, we have very few facilities to test the quality of drugs; doctors prescribe branded ones because their quality is tested and assured". Modi urged the traffic authorities to continue their work like they do every day, he travelled in general traffic. In fact, the Jan Aushadi shops are also part of the Government's efforts to promote generic medicines.
"Yes, the Prime Minister spoke about his resolve to end this practice of doctors prescribing costly drugs to poor patients, knowing fully well that generic drugs, which come much cheaper, would have the same results".
According to Rai, making all doctors prescribe generic medicines will also require a huge effort by the government as they will have to ensure that there is no compromise with the standards of generic medicines.
A generic drug is a generic equivalent to a branded product in dosage, strength, safety, route of administration, quality, performance, intended use and risks.
A generic drug is a medication that has exactly the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug and yields the same therapeutic effect. One key hurdle to increased penetration of generic drugs is the patents that are afforded to drug's original makers. "If one person falls ill in a middle class family, then the financial health of the family gets wrecked". He also stressed on the importance of preventive health care saying if people adopt it, they will not have to visit hospitals. V.G. Pradeeep Kumar, neurologist and State president of the Indian Medical Association, said that while the intention to help the poor patients was laudable, it was not practicable.