Drug mafia sabotaging use of generic drugs in Kashmir: DAK

Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Wednesday said that drug mafia is sabotaging generic drugs use in Kashmir.
President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that drug mafia is preventing affordable generic drugs from reaching the poor.
“There is a deep-rooted nexus between doctors and pharma companies that is keeping generic drugs away from patients,” he said.
He added that doctors prescribe expensive brand-name drugs when equally effective cheaper generic versions are available.
“For writing these costly drugs to gullible patients, pharma companies provide these doctors everything from luxury cars, family trips to household items,” Dr Nisar alleged.
He added that clinicians are fed and bred by pharma companies for pushing patients to purchase branded medicines.
“This unholy nexus is misleading public by disseminating false information regarding generic drugs that is preventing generic medicines from getting popular,” Dr Nisar said.
He said that while use of generic drugs has increased over time, in Kashmir doctors continue to dole out expensive therapies for monetary gains.
“Despite generic drugs save lives, doctors shy away from prescribing them and instead prescribe brand-name drugs,” Dr Nisar said.
A generic drug is a medication that is equivalent to a brand-name in dosage, strength, route of administration, quality, safety, performance and intended use.
Generic drugs are 80-90% less costly than brand-name drugs.