80% of Indian Doctors Prescribed Medicines from the 344 Banned Drugs List

Mar-24
 

Soon after it was published that India bans more than 300 combination drugs that are sold illegally, eMediNexus (a healthcare startup) conducted a survey and it revealed that nearly 80% of Indian doctors prescribed drugs from the recently banned list of 344 drugs, and up to 40% of doctors disagreed with the government’s justification for the ban. This survey gauged the sentiment of 4,892 doctors on March 15-16, 2016, and further revealed that a quarter of doctors felt their reputation would be negatively impacted. Over 75% of surveyed doctors also opined that at least one of the drugs should not have been banned, and a third felt there should be exceptions to drug bans followed in developed nations like the United States. Codeine and Nimesulide combinations were the main exceptions to the ban that doctors felt should have been made, amongst a vast list of other combinations.

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