Doctors No Longer Allowed to Write Expensive Brand Names on Prescriptions

Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has prohibited medical practitioners in public and private sectors from writing the brand names of medicines in prescriptions.

According to the official notification, DRAP has directed all provincial healthcare departments to ensure medical practitioners in public and private sectors prescribe medicines only with their generic names.


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DRAP has issued the latest directive after receiving thousands of complaints on Pakistan Citizen’s Portal (PCP) which highlighted the collusion of doctors and pharmaceutical companies to exploit people by prescribing expensive branded medicines, said DRAP’s Director Pharmacy Services, Dr. Abdur Rasheed.

It is a common practice in public and private sectors that the medical practitioners write the brand names of medicines in prescriptions which restricts common citizens to only purchase the expensive medicines of specific brands.


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However, DRAP has made it illegal for medical practitioners in public and private sectors to write the brand names of medicines in prescriptions, noted Dr. Rasheed, adding that medical practitioners will prescribe medicines only with their generic names.


  • All this happened because of one man’s effort. We must encourage him. Its The journalist Imran Riaz Khan. He did a detailed story on this mafia of Pharmaceutical Companies and Doctors (available on youtube)… His work triggered this change.

    • Yes, I watch his Vlogs on daily basis. He’s the first one who informed how pharma companies are looting people.

  • Now the company will do dealing with Retailers and they will sell low quality medicine to common ppl to get maximum profit. DRAP should have proper structure before implementation of this act. They should allow only those pharmaceutical companies whose standards are upto mark. otherwise Ghareeb pehly b tabah tha or b tabah hoga

    • Non.sense. is there any better sense in authority. So illeterat shopkeeper will sell things on their own, All ready OTC and fake medicine are available and given by Medicos and shops and frequently drugs changed by shops prescribed by doctors as OTC and low quality has more Profits for shops. No rule for shops and No rule of law. Govt. Must stop these Fake drugs and OTC in market .


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