Amir Khan writes to Tripura CM on generic drug

Bollywood superstar Amir Khan has expressed willingness to facilitate the Tripura government in introduction of generic medicine at community level while asserting that generic medicines would easily be available in the state. In a letter to Chief Minister Manik Sarkar recently, Mr Khan made a detail explanation of advantages of generic medicines and urged to introduce it at community level because India has been the largest producer of generic drug. "Though India is the largest exporter of generic medicine and earns about Rs 35,000 Cr per annum, poor Indians are not getting access to the cheap drug and treatment protocol in the country has now become expensive," Mr Khan wrote in the letter. Besides, extending all support to the government he mentioned that he would make Dr Samit Sharma, the premier generic drug promoter, to provide all possible help to the make generic drug available for the poor people if the government wants. Mr Khan also highlighted during investigation it found most of the Indian pharmaceuticals had been producing both generic and branded drugs but generic was not easily accessible though these were no way inferior rather in business generic medicine was 10-50 percent profitable in many cases. He however, attached a compact disc of the particular episode his popular television show - Satyameb Joyote for reference of the Tripura government. Meanwhile, Left Front Government in Tripura had decided to send Medical Advisor of Tripura government Dr Siddhartha Majumder and Director Medical Education Dr Basudev Bhattacharjee to Rajasthan and a few locations of Tamil Nadu and West Bengal where Generic drugs had been practiced successfully. The state government is exploring the possibility of implementing the treatment protocol of generic drug at least in public health centres and hospitals. Referring to some recent instances Chief Minister Manik Sarkar recently blamed a section of corrupt medical practitioners who are suggesting unnecessary and false drugs to the patients at high cost under some influence.