The persistent efforts of the government to ensure better healthcare to the patients in government hospitals has come to a grinding halt as the nexus between the doctors and the pharmaceutical companies has kept the generic drugs away from the poor patients while the expensive brand name drugs are being prescribed by almost every doctor, thus pushing the poor patients to the wall.
Serving the poor is just a myth as the situation has reached to the extent when the treatment has become more of a business for the doctors, deputed in different government hospitals.
Many times, the objections were raised by the patients as well as the officials that the doctors in nexus with the pharmaceutical companies are earning exorbitant profits by prescribing the drugs of particular expensive brands.
Such happenings are puncturing the efforts of the government— Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra, an ambitious project to provide affordable generic medicines to lower and middle-income groups, as the motive has not been achieved yet, even, the authorities concerned seem reluctant to take notice of such events as no action has so far been taken against the doctors who don’t prescribe the generic medicines to the patients.
However, the medical shops too are reluctant to opt for generic medicines, as they only sell the expensive drugs at their shops, thus pushing the poor patients to the wall.
Even when the Covid-19 was at peak, the voices were raised over the exorbitant profit earned by the medical practitioners and chemists by selling the medicines and supplements considered to be essential in the present time.
The drug ‘mafia’ is very active in Kashmir as they have been let loose to sell expensive rugs only while the mafia is sabotaging the use of generic drugs that are equivalent to a brand-name in efficacy and quality and also 80-90% less costly than brand-name drugs.
Seemingly inactive on the ground, the health officials need to pull up the socks and ensure the poor patients are not pushed to the wall for the vested interests and the nexus between the doctors and pharmaceutical companies as well as the chemists are put to an immediate end so that the public money is not minted any further.