Gifts, Freebies for Prescriptions: Issue of Pharma bribing doctors raised in Parliament
New Delhi: The issue of indulgence of the pharmaceutical companies in unfair and unethical practices to promote their medicines by sponsoring trips and offering gifts to doctors recently reached the sessions of the Lok Sabha when three Members of Parliament questioned the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers about the existence of such unethical practices as well as steps taken by the government to curtail them. Questions were further raised on the proposal to make the Uniform Code for Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices (UCPMP) mandatory for Pharmaceutical companies.
This particular issue of pharma bribery to doctors via freebies and gifts has recently been on the spotlight with the recent raid on Micro Labs, makers of DOLO 650 tablets and the further incriminating evidence found by the income tax sleuths implying an almost Rs 1000 crore pharma bribery scam using gifts and freebies.
Responding to the questions raised by the 3 MP namely, Shri Nalin Kumar Kateel, Shri D.K. Suresh and Shri Patel Hasmukhbhai Somabhai, the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Bhagwanth Khuba apprised about the steps taken by the Government to check such unfair and unethical practices.
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