Clause 1.5 of Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 prescribes that every Doctor should prescribe drugs with generic names Readable and preferably in capital letters and he/she shall ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drug. Further, the erstwhile Medical Council of India had issued Circular dated 21.04.2017 vide which all the Registered Medical Practitioners (RMPs) have been directed to comply with the aforesaid provisions.
The MCI or the appropriate State Medical Councils have been empowered to take disciplinary action against a doctor for violation of the provision of the aforesaid Regulations. As and when complaints are received against the violation of code of ethics for doctors, such complaints are referred by MCI to the concerned State Medical Councils where the doctors/medical practitioners are registered.
Even Tele-Medicine Guidelines 2020; notified on 22nd May, 2020, do direct all the RMPs to use Generic Names of the drugs in capital letters on the prescription format as appended with the document.