Doctors in India seek stricter rules on drug industry gifts

Doctors in India seek stricter rules on drug industry gifts 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, Bengaluru. Dutta SS. Doctors in India demand stricter rules over drug industry gifts. BMJ 2017: j3812, No. 385, 8 Aug 2017. Available from: URL: bmj.j3812 803264100 1173-5503/17/0784-0001/$14.95 Adis © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG. All rights reserved PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 12 Aug 2017 No. 784 PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News Springer Journals

Doctors in India seek stricter rules on drug industry gifts

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