Implementing drug policy in ‘piece meals’ won’t do: DAK

SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Sunday said that government was implementing drug policy in piece meals hence depriving people from fundamental right of equitable access to medicines.
In a statement, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan said that 24 lakh people in our state i.e 21% population didn’t have access to medicines due to lack of purchasing power.
“Government spends minuscule two percent of health budget on health while as household expenditure on drugs in our state is 90.39 percent,” he said.
“Government has failed to implement state drug policy which was sanctioned way back in 2012 and has relegated it to cold storage,” he stated.
Hassan said that the concept of essential drug list of around 300 drugs was to provide quality and cost effective medicines to patients in government hospitals and do away with inessential drugs.
“These essential drugs are to be made available at all times in adequate amounts without any stock-outs by effective procurement and stringent quality control mechanism,” he informed
“Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation (TNMSC) which is a pioneer in the current drug procurement can be replicated in our state as it has an efficient drug distribution system,” he added.
He said that government was trying to implement drug policy in piece meals which would leave major problems unsolved. “ It will fail the very spirit of drug policy,” he said.
“The drug policy document is pro patient and should be implemented fully without any delay to ensure accessibility and availability of quality medicines to patients in government hospitals besides enforcing rational prescribing and dispensing practices,” he insisted.