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Andhra to link Aadhaar with doctors, pharmacies to weed out quacks

The measure, the N Chandrababu Naidu government claims, will also create an online health record of citizens. The state is set to launch Comprehensive Drug Monitoring System (CDMS), an app that all registered doctors have to use to generate e-prescriptions mentioning the patient’s name.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published: November 15, 2017 4:52 am
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Even as a Constitution bench of the Supreme Court is set to hear a bunch of petitions challenging mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phone connections, Andhra Pradesh plans to link the unique identity number with doctors and pharmacies in an effort to root out quacks, self-medication, and over-the-counter sale of medicines.

The measure, the N Chandrababu Naidu government claims, will also create an online health record of citizens.
The state is set to launch Comprehensive Drug Monitoring System (CDMS), an app that all registered doctors have to use to generate e-prescriptions mentioning the patient’s name, mobile or Aadhaar number, medicines advised, and the manufacturer’s name.

When a doctor makes a digital signature on the app, the patient will receive a One Time Password on the cellphone, which he/she has to show at the pharmacy to buy medicines. When the pharmacist enters the OTP, he/she will see the prescription and sell those medicines.

According to Director, Drugs Control, M B R Prasad, CDMS will weed out unlicenced doctors as well as quacks. “Only doctors registered with the Medical Council of India’s AP chapter would be able to access the app and generate e-prescriptions. Only pharmacists registered with the Pharmacists’ Council would be able to access it.”
According to officials, people without mobile phones have to show their Aadhaar card and the number would be fed into the CDMS by the pharmacy. The app will host details of 65,000 registered doctors and over 30,000 licensed pharmacies, they said.

Across-the-counter sale of medicines will be permitted in areas without mobile connectivity. The web-based application and mobile app are being developed by AP Drugs Control Administration, and is brainchild of Dr A Ravishankar, D-G, Drugs Control Administration.

State Medical Council chairman Dr Y Raja Rao said that besides addressing the issue of fake doctors and quacks, e-prescriptions will also help regulate excessive prescription of antibiotics. “Every other doctor these days prescribes a lot of antibiotics, which is resulting in many people developing resistance to them…. These need to be regulated, and this system will help.”

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  1. Pawar Ajith
    Nov 17, 2017 at 12:58 am
    Very good movie. Entire India should be implemented.
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      Fuck Aadhaar
      Nov 15, 2017 at 4:27 pm
      Aadhaar Authentication fails for half billion Indians even after updating bio-metrics and waiting for 90 days. How can we link aadhaar with PAN, verify mobile using fingerprint. In next election, you will lose your deposit, you will definitely be tried for bringing India to a situation worse than Emergency. Nothing is forever, so amend your ways before it’s too late. Jai Hind.
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        Fuck Aadhaar
        Nov 15, 2017 at 4:26 pm
        1. Link #AADHAAR with everything 2. Your #AADHAAR has been deactivated til you voluntarily give DNA and pay $100 as DNA extraction fees 3. Your #AADHAAR is deactivated till voluntarily sleep with #AADHAAR mongers and satisfy them completely 4. Your #AADHAAR is deactivated till you donate eye/kidney/liver/pancreas You will not be able to refuse once you link #AADHAAR with everything else, since once #AADHAAR gets deactivated your bank, mobile, internet, property, gas, electricity access will be blocked. Stop linking #AADHAAR with anything else now, apply Fevicol in both thumbs before you are forced to give fingerprint, without bio-metrics #AADHAAR ios just a piece of paper. Jai Hind.
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          Fuck Aadhaar
          Nov 15, 2017 at 4:26 pm
          When your bank account gets looted via aadhaar pay, you will call 1947, wait for 3 hours to get connected, the call center folks will simply ask you to visit aadhaar enrollment center, waiting list being 3 months, you will bribe 1000 INR and get an appointment with aadhaar enrollment center to resolve aadhaar misuse, they will ask you to email help at uidai dot gov dot in, you will send 10 emails in 10 days and then get a generic mail, asking you to specify all your details including preferred condom b , etc, you will respond with all details, you will follow up for 3 more days, then you will get a generic FINAL response, "Please lock your bio-metrics in UIDAI , Jai Hind!", after that even if you send 100 emails you will NOT get any response. You lock your bio-metrics, the criminal go to an aadhaar enrollment center and unlock your bio-metrics using stolen fingerprint and keep on looting your hard earned money.
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            Amjad Khan
            Nov 15, 2017 at 1:33 pm
            It is heartening to hear that aadhar card is being made mandatory wherever it can be possible. I would like to suggest that aadhar card should be linked to heartbeat and pulse rate as well. The process should be such that whenever an aadhar card holder dies, his/her heartbeat will automatically stop and his aadhar card will also be disabled then and there, thus making his bank account, mobile phone, pension account, etc., inactive immediately. And, death certificate will by default move to the e-mail account of his/her nominee. It will be cost-effective, not only for the government but also for the family of the deceased. It will also protect pension amount from going into hands of ineligible or wrong persons. From time to time, its more benefits will be explored. The government should also consider making it mandatory the aadhar number tattooing on the left/right arm of all citizens. Then it will also be instrumental in identifying the unclaimed dead bodies.
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