The medical/ medicine profession is considered one of the noble professions possible and commands great respect. The life of a patient is in the hands of the doctor for which reason he is given the place next to God. The present scenario is raising doubts about this belief. There are many instances which support this doubt.
Here we are not talking about the unintentional mistakes that happens. We are discussing the intentional callousness and money mindedness, that is creeping into this field.
One major issue that needs to be discussed is about the medicine that doctors prescribe. The prescription is not written based on the chemical constituent of the drug. The prescription is made in the name of the drug. The glitch is here. If the name of the chemical constitution is given, the patient can select any company that manufactures the combination and can find the one which is economical. When the prescription is made in the name of the drug, he has to go in for that particular brand only. Here the doctors are prompted to prescribe the particular brands to promote sales. The pharmaceutical companies offer incentives to the doctors to promote their products. The doctors are happy, pharmaceutical companies are happy and the only sufferer is the poor patient.
Educated class can dig into this and find the economical options. But what about the people who have little knowledge about this? Time to think and act.
There are many ways of solving this problem. We are giving here one of the easy options to save your hard earned money and sneak out of this scam :
Internet is the solution for this problem. You will get the solution in few simple steps.
- Log on to http://www.medindia.net/drug-price/list.asp
- In the page that opens there will be a box with ‘Search Drugs’
- Type the Generic Name of the medicine like Paracetamol, Diclofenac etc.
- Then click on Search
- You will get a list of Generic Name, brand Name, name of the manufacturer and the price of each brand.
- Spend five minutes to compare a few brands.
There you get the results, you can see the same constitution medicine, which are available at much cheaper rates.
There are other sites also which have similar information and are helpful.
http://janaushadhi.gov.in/ComprativepriceDec10.pdf www.medindia.net www.medguideindia.com
Spending a few minutes on this is worth when you are in regular need of a particular medicine for a long time. After all it is your hard earned money. You have every right to be careful with it and save it.
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