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Pharma Freebies to Doctors: CEO of Pharma Co to be held responsible for malpractices, Dr Harsh Vardhan informs parliament


Pharma Freebies to Doctors: CEO of Pharma Co to be held responsible for malpractices, Dr Harsh Vardhan informs parliament

New Delhi: Malpractices of pharma freebies to doctors will soon see disciplinary action on not just doctors but the CEO of the pharma companies indulging in the unethical marketing practices.

Confirmation to this effect was recently made by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to the Lok Sabha as the minister elaborated on  the action taken on the corrupt practices

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Friday said the code of conduct for medical practitioners prohibits doctors from taking gifts, travel facilities, hospitality or cash from pharmaceutical and allied health sector industry.

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Vardhan also said in Lok Sabha that the government has received some complaints of unethical marketing practices by pharmaceutical companies and the CEOs of such companies will be held responsible for such malpractices.

The minister said the code of conduct for doctors in their relationship with pharmaceutical and allied sector industry of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulation, 2002 prohibits doctors from taking gifts, travel facilities, hospitality and cash or monetary grants from pharmaceutical and allied health sector industry.

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The said regulation empowers the Medical Council of India and respective State Medical Councils to award punishment to a doctor against any act in violation of code of Ethics for doctors, he said during Question Hour.

Vardhan said such complaints are referred by MCI to the State Medical Councils concerned where doctors and medical practitioners are registered. The MCI is an Appellate Authority.

The minister said the Department of Pharmaceuticals has received some complaints of unethical marketing practices by pharmaceutical companies.

Vardhan said as informed by Department of Pharmaceuticals, the complaints received are forwarded to Pharma Associations concerned for necessary action as per provisions of Uniform Code for Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices (UCPMP), as prepared by Department of Pharmaceuticals.

The Managing Director or CEO of the pharma company is ultimately responsible for ensuring adherence to the code, he said.

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  1. Gud. But our political parties can take crores of donation n not a word.. Cheap politicians.. They r killing medical Sector.. Hope people realize it b4 it\’s too late

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    Susheel kumar Maurya Maurya July 15, 2019, 9:32 am

    Its in force since a long ,but nothing impacted. If u offer any gifts to drs ,it does not impact their ethical practice .its impact to competitor pharma company in term of not getting their brand prescribed. But its true that drs r prescribing more unnecessary diagnosis n test to get cut amount from labs.now a days ,RMP (family physician) r more dangerous for patients. Bcz in normal cases ,they pressurise to get admit in directed hospital .they get cut amount from hospitals. I know more n more drs ,who prescribe medicine by generic name,specially injectable drug.

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    Dr Gopal Maheshwari July 14, 2019, 10:50 pm

    many times such warnings have been issued but hardly any action has been taken against greedy pharma companies or lusty doctors.

  4. Ah the commission scare… I understand there is a law against commissions and middle men in the realm of defence too.. and surely political parties do not recieve any such incentives to favour lobbies..perish the unworthy thoughts..
    Not that I feel that commissions are kosher .. but the exercise in banning is a futile one.. still at least they are thinking.. hope this will progress to extend into all fields of commerce . Should start at the top shouldn\’t it .

  5. There is no clause to punish Pharma Companies indulging in corrupt practices, immediately Govt. Should introduce UCPMP with punishment clause instead of making vague statements of curbing such practices


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