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National Medical Commission Bill, 2017

The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, which aims to overhaul medical education in India and replace the 83-year-old Medical Council of India with a government-appointed NMC, has several worrying features. While the long-term implications of the bill have not been satisfactorily debated and addressed, the bill itself is in danger of causing similar or even worse outcomes than the previous MCI Act. The NMC Bill remains a questionable remedy, and it has drawn criticism from several quarters, including the country’s medical fraternity.

The Generic Manoeuvre

The unsound argument in favour of prescription of medicines in their so-called generic version as a panacea for drug price reduction is discursive in nature and, hence, untenable. Such a recommendation by the Prime Minister of India may discount the drug cartel on account of their unethical trade practices, while disowning the government’s responsibility towards effective drug price control.
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