Topic: Issues related to health
1) Critically examine whether a generics only model is the panacea for India’s disease burden?(250 words)
Why this question
The government off late has been focussing on the role of generics as a way to reduce health costs and ensuring better health outcomes. The article examines the role of generics as a panacea for India’s disease burden and thus needs to be discussed.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to discuss the role of generic in reducing the disease burden , bring out the obstacles in this and discuss the way forward.
Critically examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic, get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any .When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, all you need to do is look at the good and bad of something and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Mention that the government, in its efforts to cut down on out-of-pocket expenditure and make affordable healthcare a reality, is relying on a generics-only model. The push for generics witnessed a boom under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana.
- Explain the advantages offered by generics in reducing disease burden – low cost, enhanced availability etc
- Discuss the obstacles in promoting generics as the panacea for alleviating disease burden – spurious drugs, reduced effectiveness etc
- Thereafter, discuss the enablers in promoting generics – government’s push for the generics-only model by introducing Jan Aushadhi stores nationwide has bolstered the hold of generics in India.
Conclusion – Discuss the role of generics in acting as a panacea for disease and burden and discuss way forward.