Friday, December 28, 2012

Big Pharma in India

DNA investigations: With no laws, pharma firms have a field day

In the absence of any penal provisions that may be applied in cases where pharmaceutical majors use unethical practices to woo doctors to promote drugs, pharma companies brazenly offer incentives to doctors, flouting the Department of Pharmaceuticals’ ‘voluntary code’.

As a result, while a December 2009 code of medical ethics developed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) includes legal provisions to punish doctors who accept gifts from pharmaceutical companies in return for aggressively prescribing certain drugs, there is nothing to stop drug manufacturers’ unethical practices.

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