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    Code prohibits doctors from taking gifts from pharmaceutical companies

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    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the code of conduct for doctors in their relationship with pharmaceutical and allied sector industry prohibits them from taking gifts.

    Harsh Vardhan said the Department of Pharmaceuticals has received some complaints of unethical marketing practices by pharmaceutical companies.
    New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the code of conduct for medical practitioners prohibits doctors from taking gifts, travel facilities, hospitality or cash from pharmaceutical and allied health sector industry.

    Vardhan also said in the 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.

    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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    8 Comments on this Story

    Arun Balani393 days ago
    code of conduct only for Drs ...!!! what an irony of this country. it''s in all profession including politicians. does any one follow ????ð ­ But yes Drs are soft Target so talk about them only to hide everyone behind this. Tell frankly which profession is not taking such cuts and commission. ??! No one will talk about them self .
    Sheelukkk Kumar394 days ago
    Largely Doctors prescribe branded medicine.
    Sunil Agrawal394 days ago
    There is not a single pharma compny obeying this rule.
    Minister himself is hiding the truth.In fact it''s incompetency of the central govt and ultimately consumer is sufferer.
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