Whenever we fall ill, most of us follow the same protocol: visit hospital or family doctor or a specialist depending on the ailment, get a prescription from the doctor and then purchase medicines from the nearby pharmacy without a second thought. Most of the medicines that doctors prescribe are generally quite expensive. Common public who cannot afford expensive medicines may not know that there are cheaper equivalent molecules of the same medicine.
Generic - Drug Awareness for Wider Acceptability (G-DAWA) is an innovative, free medical app launched by Govt. of Gujarat to create social awareness about generic medicines.
The app is a generic medicine search engine, which lists down the names of all kinds of branded medicines and their equivalent molecule – generic medicines with MRP. The app provides information about drugs, their composition and comparative prices of various brands of same composition, manufactured or marketed by various Pharma companies.
The app has simple but effective user interface. The app searches medicine by brand name as well as generic name. After searching, it compares the price of both brand and its substitute generic medicine. A user just has to type the name of the medicine that they have been prescribed and hit search. Results are then provided with details of that particular medicine as well as it generic substitutes with manufacturers name in increasing order of price.