PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 784, p1 - 12 Aug 2017
Doctors in India seek stricter rules
on drug industry gifts
The Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare in India
is seeking stricter rules on drug industry gifts than the
proposed government order that would ban healthcare
professionals from accepting gifts, travel or hospitality
from the pharmaceutical industry but still permit
doctors’ associations and hospitals to accept money
from drug companies, said Sumi Dutta from New Delhi,
in a news article published in the BMJ.
The alliance wants the Department of
Pharmaceuticals to revise the proposed new rules so
that pharmaceutical companies are prevented from
offering hospitals discounted drugs which can be onsold
to patients at a profit.
Although the new rules should to stop pharmaceutical
companies from paying for travel, accommodation and
food for doctors including during conferences and
scientific meetings, the alliance noted in a letter to the
Prime Minister and the Ministry of Chemicals and
Fertilisers that the proposed order would still permit
doctors’ associations to accept money for organising
conferences and meetings.
"The proposed order will be a mere eyewash, unless
the government also includes the demands we’ve
raised. Corruption in healthcare is deep rooted and
needs to be curbed through a broad set of measures,"
said a member of the alliance, Gurinder Grewal.
"The commercialisation of the healthcare system in
India has led to a scary situation—we clearly need
proper regulatory mechanisms to fill the vacuum," said
Professor Sanjiv Lewin, from St John’s Medical College,
Dutta SS. Doctors in India demand stricter rules over drug industry gifts. BMJ
2017: j3812, No. 385, 8 Aug 2017. Available from: URL: https://doi.org/10.1136/
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