Medical Council of India has made the prescription of generic drugs mandatory.
The medical body has written to all states governments and medical colleges, directing all physicians to prescribe generic drugs.
The generic names have to be written in capital letters on prescriptions.
MCI has said that action will be taken against doctors violating this instruction as per the Medical Council Act.
Union Health Minister has reiterated that government is making fast progress in setting up Jan Aushadhalayas to facilitate generic and affordable medicines to common people
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government is working towards bringing in a legal framework under which doctors will have to prescribe generic medicines, which are cheaper than equivalent branded drugs, to patients.