Doctors to Write Prescription in Capital letters


New Delhi: Fear of misinterpretation due to doctor’s illegible handwriting may soon be a thing of the past as government is set to make it a norm for physicians to prescribe medicines “preferably” in capital letters.

The Union Health Ministry will come out with a gazette notification under the Indian MCI Regulations which will mandate doctors to prescribe medicines in capital letters in a “legible” manner and also mention the generic names of the drugs.

“The Health Ministry will come out with gazette notification under the MCI regulations. Under this, the prescription should be legible and preferably written in capital letters along with the names of the generic drug prescribed,” a senior Union Health Ministry official told .

Sources said that the notification is likely to be issued by the Ministry within a week’s time.

Health Ministry officials said that once the prescription is written in capital letters and is legible, it would be hugely benefit patients as well as chemists who would have a clarity of the drug and it would take away the fear of misinterpretation.