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Court’s prescription for doctors!

Court’s prescription for doctors! | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

Why every medical practitioner across the nation writes Illegible way on prescriptions?.


No government organisation had an answer for this and how it came in to practice, but finally the stage is set to curb the practice due to a sustained campaign of a Nalgonda based pharmacist as Medical Council of India General Body had resolved to issue guidelines asking the practitioners to use only capital letters on prescription.


The pharmacist, Chilukuri Paramathma, has said that he approached the High Court, Hyderabad, for banning the usage of present style of writing as it is leading to confusion in pharmacists. Unable to understand the prescriptions, he said that there are so many instances of pharmacists giving wrong medicine to patients that even led to disasters. He explained such an instance saying that a pharmacist working with a pharmacy chain store in Vidyanagar in Hyderabad had given ‘Tegrital’ Tablet instead of ‘Trental’ tablet to a pregnant woman as he misunderstood the prescription.


The ‘Trental’ tablet was intended for better blood circulation in pregnant woman, but Tegrital tablet is meant for abortion. As she got aborted after taking the tablet, that had turned into a big issue. Mr. Paramathma had gathered such 100 tablet names looks like homonyms in English which were presented before the High Court through a Public Interest Litigation.


A two-member Bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Joythi Senguptha and Justice Sanjay Kumar had taken up the case for hearing on 24, February, 2014 and issued directions asking the Medical Council of India (MCI)and other stakeholders to take appropriate action.


The MCI had decided to issue guidelines asking the doctors to write the prescriptions only in capital letters in a general body meeting held on March 28. The decision of MCI along with a draft notification has been sent for Centre’s approval on June 9 this year. Once the Centre gives it’s nod, every medical practitioner in India will have to follow the guidelines to be issued by the Centre.


more at http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/courts-prescription-for-doctors/article6268646.ece


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MCI tells doctors: Use block letters when you write prescriptions

MCI tells doctors: Use block letters when you write prescriptions | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

The days of doctors’ prescriptions being parallel lines of illegible scrawls punctuated by the odd circle to indicate dosage, may soon be a thing of the past.


The executive committee of the Medical Council of India has decided that doctors should only write prescriptions in capital letters.


If the prescription also includes other remarks such as dietary advice or recommended tests, then at least the drug names and dosages should be written clearly in capitals, the committee has ruled.


Letters to this effect will soon be sent to all medical colleges, MCI chairperson Dr Jayshreeben Mehta told The Indian Express Monday.

“The executive committee has just passed this proposal. The committee unanimously felt that drug names and dosages are at times not clearly written in prescriptions causing a lot of confusion among both chemists and patients. That is why we have decided that all prescriptions should be in capital letters. Once the order comes out, it will be sent to all medical colleges,” Mehta said.


Committee members, sources said, made a strong pitch for all-caps prescriptions on the ground that misreading even a single letter can alter the name of a drug dramatically and lead to disastrous consequences for the patient. 


Doctors have welcomed the move but health ministry sources said they had no information about the decision.



more at http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/mci-tells-doctors-use-block-letters-when-you-write-prescriptions/



nrip's insight:

Very intelligent, and pretty much common sense. 

However, such techniques while they seem like common-sense, are typical of the jugaad mentality prevalent in India which result in postponing the impact of problems rather than working towards fixing them.


Its high time Indian Doctors start using e-prescriptions. There are a wide variety of ways to do that, on a variety of devices, and available at prices from almost nothing upwards.

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MCI shrinks own ambit, doctor bodies out of ethics code

MCI shrinks own ambit, doctor bodies out of ethics code | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

In a bizarre move, the Medical Council of India(MCI) — the apex regulatory body of doctors and the medical practice in the country — has decided to shrink its own jurisdiction. It has reinterpreted its code of ethics regulations as being applicable only to individual doctors and not doctors' associations. 

Clause 6.8 of the Code of Medical Ethics Regulation 2002 clearly states that it pertains to "code of conduct for doctors and professional association of doctors in their relationship with pharmaceutical and allied health sector industry". However, the executive committee of the new MCI in its meeting on February 18 decided that the term "association of doctors" be deleted from the clause. It went on to add that any action it took it against any association of doctors by virtue of clause 6.8 shall be nullified and that such proceedings would stand annulled. 

In effect, the MCI has stated that the action it took against the Indian Medical Association (IMA) for endorsing products of Pepsi and Dabur in exchanges for crores of rupees or against the Indian Academy of Paediatrics for accepting funding from pharmaceutical companies will no longer be valid. 

"It is a ridiculous position. The MCI itself had argued in an affidavit filed in the Delhi high court that what is prohibited for an individual doctor cannot be done by the doctor along with another bunch of doctors by forming an association," said Dr K V Babu, who had filed the original complaint against the IMA for endorsing products. 

Endorsement is expressly forbidden by the code of ethics, which says that no doctor ought to endorse any commercial product or drug or therapeutic article. In November 2010, the MCI had initiated action against officer bearers of the IMA on the endorsement issue. When one of the office bearers challenged the removal of his name from the medical register for six months before the high court, the MCI had argued in its affidavit that "...what is not allowed to be done directly cannot be permitted to be done indirectly".


more at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/MCI-shrinks-own-ambit-doctor-bodies-out-of-ethics-code/articleshow/30873980.cms


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