Srinagar: At a time when doctors in Jammu and Kashmir have been asked to write generic drugs, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Wednesday said that these drugs would help to reduce deaths among cancer patients.
Welcoming the move, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said research has shown that inexpensive generic drugs significantly decrease mortality among cancer patients.
Generic drugs make treatment affordable for cancer patients and, as a result, save lives, he said.
He added that with the introduction of generic form of “Gleevec”, the drug used for chronic myeloid leukemia, many lives were saved.
Majority of cancer patients die for want of treatment because they cannot afford costly branded drugs, Dr Nisar said.
Generic drugs are those drugs that have gone off the patent protection and are the same as that of their branded counterparts in terms of quality and safety.
In order to have rapid access to cheaper supply of generic drugs, United Nations in its report has recommended that poorer countries should be allowed to override pharmaceuticals patents.