December 03, 2009

MCI for ban on gifts to docs by pharma cos

Medical Council of India has written to Union ministry of health and family welfare for an amendment in Indian Medical Council (professional conduct, etiquette and ethics) regulations, 2002, to prohibit doctors from accepting any gift from any pharmaceutical or allied health care industry.

The move is likely to face stiff resistance from the pharma lobby as well as a section of doctors who have been benefiting from largesses showed by the pharma industry. MCI chairman Dr Ketan Desai, an Ahmedabad-based urologist, said the council has forwarded to the Centre an MCI resolution adopted on November 18 titled “Building a healthy relationship based on self-regulation between doctors and pharmaceutical and allied health sector industries and preventing unscrupulous practices by doctors.”

The resolution was passed by the MCI’s executive committee based on the recommendations of a sub-committee.

There are new proposed guidelines for a medical practitioner to carry out, participate in, work in research projects funded by pharmaceutical and allied health care industries. The particular research proposal will need to have due permission from the competent authorities concerned.

Dr Desai said: “If these recommendations are made a part of the ethics regulations of the MCI by suitable amendment, it will go a long way in ushering in a credible, transparent, just and scientific relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical and allied health care industries.”

Link: Original Article


Anonymous said...

Will MCI extend ban on fees to docs by patients?

If gifts are banned from Pharma,then all docs should charge 'fees' from Pharma Reps/Managers for wasting their time,

All MCI office bearers should disclose their wealth in-detail publically,Will they do it?

Anonymous said...

Hey,u r right,

a clever doctor collects money instead of gifts/tour/conference and can issue 'receipts' as 'professional' fees,similar to giving for patients,who will findout?



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