THE government has reiterated the need for immediate ban of brand names in the prescription of medicines used in the country, insisting the need for prescribers to strictly stick to generic names.
The government also directed the Chief Pharmacist to ensure medicines stock list is made available to all prescribers, to ensure smooth provision and prescription of drugs to wananchi.
The Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Faustine Ndugulile , made the call in Dar es Salaam, yesterday, vowing to take disciplinary measures against doctors or any prescriber who will defy the directives.
“I have banned the use of brand names in prescribing medicines, we want our prescribers to use generic names, when we use branded names, you are doing businesses and promoting the business of certain companies,” he said.
Dr Ndugulile sounded the directives when officiating during the Tanzania Health Supply Chain Summit (HSCS). He asked the Chief Pharmacist to ensure the directives are fully implemented.
He added that the use of branded names in giving prescriptions creates misconceptions among citizens or users of medicines on the right drugs they are bound to use when in need.
On the other hand, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments), Dr Zainab Chaula urged doctors across the country to review pro-fessional guidelines and ensure they comply with regulations especially those on the prescriptions of medicines.
She insisted that the use of generic names is the only instruction medical prescribers are destined to use and not otherwise.
In another development, Dr Ndugulile asked the participants at the Summit to focus on practical ways to ensure sustainable availability of essential health commodities to the patients who need them.
“I believe that most of us here understand that the availability of medicines is one of the essential pillars of a functioning health system. Thus, the core business of supply chain should be its impact to the end users of the commodities that we always talk about,” he said.
The summit was organised by Global Health Supply Chain Tanzania in collaboration with USAID, UNFPA, World Food Programme and Access and Delivery Partnership (ACDD) aimed at providing information sharing, promoting collaboration among supply chain stakeholders and inspire innovations for improving delivery of health commodities in the country.