Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health.
3) What are FDC drugs and why has the govt decided to ban them? Do you think the battle on combination drugs seems far from over. Critically analyse. (250 words)
Govt may ban over 150 combination drugs (mint ePaper, 8 Apr 2019, Page1)
Why this question:
Fixed-dose combination (FDC) medicines, which are a cocktail of two or more active drugs packed in a single dose, are in the spotlight currently due to government’s ban on them.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss in detail the importance of Fixed drug combinations, why is the government putting ban on them, What is the controversy around it and what needs to be done to overcome this issue.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer
write a few introductory lines about what you understand by FDCs.
Answers must discuss in detail the following points :
- What are FDCs and What is the logic behind FDCs? – behind FDCs is to improve adherence, simplify therapy and/or to maximise benefit for the patient courtesy the added effects of the multiple medicinal products given together.
- Explain the current scenario – Popular FDCs, now banned, include the painkiller Saridon, the skin cream Panderm, antibiotic Lupidiclox and combination diabetes drug Gluconorm PG.
- What makes them so popular? – because of cost. Instead of buying two, or more, separate medicines, a patient can buy just one FDC medicine to treat multiple illness symptoms, which typically works out easier on the wallet. Pharma companies, meanwhile, love them because it is far cheaper and quicker to combine existing active ingredients to make new products than to discover new medicines and manufacture them separately.
- Why has the government banned them?
- How will the pharma sector get affected by this ban?
- What needs to be done?
Conclude with way forward.