The result will be that spurious and substandard drugs will continue to be widely sold in the market, affecting the poor the most. These drugs, which have poor brand positioning, are usually sold over the counter (sometimes even prescription drugs are so sold) by pharmacists who push them (spurious drugs) because their sale earns a hefty trade margin. State-approved drugs with less than the required efficacy, often manufactured by small-scale units, get included in state procurement programmes and form the staple of medicines distributed through the public healthcare system. No wonder that there is a widespread notion that sarkari medicines do not work and if you want medicines which will then go and buy them from private shops. (via Subir Roy: Let a hundred spurious medicines thrive – underlined text mine).
A contradiction within the same paragraph. A dinosaur who cannot differentiate between his pet peeves and propaganda – and his stereotypes.
This dinosaur alleges at the start that ‘pharmacists’ are selling spurious drugs – and at the end of the paragraph, he ends up claiming that genuine drugs can only be got at ‘private shops’!
Though he does make a good point on abdication by the Indian regulator.