Doctors to Include Ingredients in Prescriptions

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 , 14:00:00 WIB - Politics

Comr.gen. Suhardi Alius (in the middle) is seen with BPOM head Penny Kusumastuti Lukito (right) in the latter’s inauguration, which was led by President Joko Widodo, at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (20/7). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The House of Representatives plans to introduce a regulation that will require doctors to inform the ingredients of the drugs they prescribe to patients.

The aim of the policy is to help patients be more aware of the drugs they consume and to protect them from consuming fake drugs.

Furthermore, the policy would give more freedom to patients seek generic alternatives. Patients can consult with pharmacists to obtain the generic version of the drugs prescribed for them.

"Pharmacists would be able to explain whether a generic version can be produced, so patients would not always have to consume surprisingly expensive drugs," said Dede Yusuf, Chairman of the House of Representatives Commission IX, Friday (22/7).

According to Dede, the quality of generic drugs is equal to that of patent drugs. The difference is, according to him, lies in the fact that patent dugs pay a royalty to the patent owner while generic drugs do not have to pay any royalty because the patent has ended, so they are cheaper.

"The government has not been holding enough dissemination programs on this matter, so the public still has the wrong perception," he said.

Dede also revealed the parliament’s idea to strengthen the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) by appointing a three-star police general to lead the agency. We want BPOM to be on the same level as the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Dede said.

Hence, BPOM would be able to act independently against violations in the drugs and food industry. At present, the agency can only report violations to the police. The idea aims to strengthen BPOM in upholding the law in the drugs and food industry, he said.