Ranchi: Aimed at making it easier for people living in the rural area to identify the right medicine, the Jharkhand government has asked pharmaceutical companies to mention the name of their products in Hindi as well.

Presently all the medicines carry their brand names only in English, which becomes a major problem for the populace, who many at times end up consuming wrong medicine.

The state government has decided that if the companies fail to adhere to the advice, it would formulate law in this regard.

Explaining in detail about the decision, Health Minister Hemlal Murmu said, “We will develop a system that will ensure the standard of the medicine sold in the state, their prices and Hindi names on its wrapper. Government has issued directives to the Health secretary and other officers in this regard.”

The minister also informed that the government has received several complaints against doctors prescribing expensive medicines to their patients. “Keeping the complaints in view, it has been decided that doctors will have to prescribe only generic medicines.”

The minister also informed that the government is planning to declare Jharkhand Special Economic Zone, in order to promote pharmaceutical industries in the state.