ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Irrational Prescriptions

WEEKLYECONOMIC AND POLITICAL Irrational Prescriptions The pricing of medicines in India has always been so-called post-menopausal drugs. For instance, a nasal a controversial issue. The key players have been, spray marketed by a leading company costs Rs 1,500 of course, the drug companies themselves, the for a 15-day dose recommended to be taken for four government and the judiciary, thanks to its occasional months to alleviate osteoporosis, that is, a total cost pronouncements. The medical community has been, as of Rs 12,000 at the least. This when no serious study its wont, silent. Ordinary people take the burden of the can guarantee a cure for the affliction. On the other high prices and lump it along with badly-run public hand, iron deficiency anemia afflicting at least 70 per health services. If the recommendations of the Phar-cent of our women can be treated with simple iron maceutical Policy 2002 on drug pricing are accepted and/or folic acid tablets costing about five paise a tablet. and implemented, the cost of health care is very likely Surprisingly, it is difficult to find. What is available to soar. is the therapeutically ineffective and costly iron There is nothing in the drug policy 2002 to suggest polymaltose

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