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Generic drug store in Mizoram

Silchar, Sept. 2: Mizoram’s first generic medicine store will open soon in Aizawl’s government civil hospital compound.

The store will retail such merchandise at a far cheaper rate than the general variety of medicines. It is the third of its kind in the country after the outlets were inaugurated in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

The medical superintendent of the civil hospital, Rosangluaia, today said the credit for opening such an outlet in Aizawl should go to the “vigorous steps” taken by Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla and health minister Lalthnzara in New Delhi for quite some time in the past.

He, however, said local doctors while writing prescriptions would never “force” patients to buy these generic drugs. They will advise them to go for the drugs only after the drugs are deemed fit for use by the patients.

Rosangluaia said the generic drugs, to be prescribed by the state’s doctors, would prove to be cheaper by 20 to 25 per cent in comparison to other general drugs being retailed in medicine shops.

The medical superintendent said generic drugs have already proved to be more effective in combating several ailments which people are generally prone to.

He said the department of pharmaceuticals under the aegis of the Union ministry of chemicals has now been insisting the state governments to open such generic medicine outlets in their main cities and towns in increasing numbers.

Rosangluaia said one condition for opening such generic drug outlets, which the Centre has outlined, envisages that each generic medicine shop should not be smaller than 120 square feet, and there should be at least three trained retailer employees present. He said to begin with, a generic drug store would deal with 361 drug items of the generic kind.

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