DAK terms Govt order on generic drugs detrimental to patients

Excelsior Correspondent

Chairman, working committee, DAK, Dr GM Mir along with others addressing a press conference at Srinagar on Wednesday.Chairman, working committee, DAK, Dr GM Mir along with others addressing a press conference at Srinagar on Wednesday.
Chairman, working committee, DAK, Dr GM Mir along with others addressing a press conference at Srinagar on Wednesday.

SRINAGAR, Apr 15: Expressing resentment over Government’s order on generic drugs, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that the order was arbitrary and has been issued unilaterally without taking all stake holders on board.
Addressing a press conference, Dr GM Mir, chairman working committee, DAK, said that the order in its present form is detrimental to the patients as it gives the entire right to a chemist to decide the quality of the medicine for the patient.
The speakers appealed the doctors not to follow the order of prescribing generic drugs till all the medicines were made available in hospitals.
He said, “DAK firmly supports effective drug policy but not an isolated order that is a penny wise and pound foolish in all its dimensions and has everything that will deprive people of quality drugs and will make more holes to their pockets”.
Alleging that doctors are facing harassment in hospitals at the hands of goons while Government is waiting for a big mishap to take place, Dr Rashid Para appealed Government to pass a legislation at the earliest as has been done in other 10 States of India that can make assault on hospital staff and property a non- bailable offence.
He further urged that complaints on medical negligence should be strictly addressed as per latest Supreme Court norms.
Meanwhile, Dr Mir Mushtaq disclosed that Dr Nisar is not DAK president and all his statements are his personal. He said that DAK was dissolved in year 2013 and since then Dr G M Mir continues to be head of working committee.
He further disclosed that DAK will hold a time bound election under the supervision of Dr Iqbal Fateh Khan, Chief Election Commissioner, DAK.

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