Chandigarh: The Haryana government will form a set of guidelines for doctors on prescription of drugs and their rational use.

"The 'Standard Treatment Guidelines' would act as guide for doctors," Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Navraj Sandhu on Wednesday said after inaugurating a one-day state level workshop organised here by Health Department to promote rational use medicine.

"We will encourage our doctors to prescribe rationally. Rational use of medicine means that a patient receives right dose of medicine for the disease at affordable cost for appropriate time so that he or she gets well," she said.

Sandhu said "we must quantify the drug requirement based on disease profile and not previous year’s consumption."

She said the Government was planning to train its doctors in a phased manner, first at state level to create a master group and master group will train others at district level.

"Private sector would also be involved for their participation and suggestions. Doctors from Medical Colleges will also be made part of such sensitisation workshops," the official release.

Sandhu said in the past few years, Haryana has taken major initiative to make essential medicines available free of cost in all its health facilities.

Budget for drug procurement has been increased, she added.
She said that the main objective of this workshop was to sensitise doctors about patient's need and promote rational prescription in Government sector and Medical colleges.


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