The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has directed all
doctors practicing in Maharashtra to follow the new prescription guidelines put
in place by the state Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).
According to the new guidelines, doctors should furnish a
complete detailed prescription by writing legibly in capital letters to ensure
there is no chance of wrong medicine/treatment being given leading to patient's
"As of now, we are doing this initiative only for
Maharashtra. It's difficult to write legibly with patient's complete details
when one is dealing with nearly 100 patients daily, but it needs to be done for
their benefit. We will make all our members understand the format and why it's
important," said Dr Anil Pachekar, chairmen, IMA, state action committee.
Purushottam Bhapkar, FDA commissioner, said, "Chemists
have been instructed to not give medicines without a proper prescription. As
for medicos, we can't force them to follow the format, just suggest that they
Sources said that IMA would organise a special workshop for
new doctors in the state to train them in writing legible prescriptions and
giving proper dosage for specific diseases.
The new prescription format includes doctor's full name,
his/her qualification, patient's details, name of the generic medicine or its
equivalent along with the dosage, strength, dosage form and instruction, name
and address of medical store with pharmacist's name and date of dispensing, and
doctor's signature and stamp.
The format has been ready for six months now, but a very few
doctors in the state are following it.
"This is a good initiative by IMA. Every doctor has to
follow it anyway as most of the format guidelines are as per the Medical
Council of India," said Dr Shivkumar Utture, member, Maharashtra Medical