India's consumer groups call for more rational prescribing

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 13 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:76
  1. Ganapati Mudur

    Consumer health groups in India have told doctors to prescribe drugs rationally or be prepared to be sued in consumer courts for medical negligence. The warning, issued through a press conference last month by a consortium of non-government consumer interest organisations, follows a survey of medical prescriptions that showed doctors to be writing irrational prescriptions.

    The survey, conducted by the Voluntary Consumer Action Network, a consortium of around 20 consumer and health organisations, showed that many doctors prescribe tonics, vitamin formulations, and expensive drugs including third generation antibiotics when they are not indicated. General practitioners …

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