DOCTOR PHARMA RELATIONSHIP:LOOP Holes

Health Care Comments Off

6.8.1. In dealing with pharmaceutical and allied health sector industry, a medical

practitioner shall follow and adhere to the stipulations given below:–

a) Gifts: A medical practitioner shall not receive any gift from any pharmaceutical

or allied healthcare industry and their sales people or representatives

Loop hole: If the MR comes you can charge from him for giving your time and give him a receipt.

b) Travel Facilities: A medical practitioner shall not accept any travel facility inside the country or outside, including rail, air, ship, cruise tickets, paid vacations, etc. from any pharmaceutical or allied healthcare industry or their representatives for self and family members for vacation or for attending

conferences, seminars, workshops, CME programme, etc. as a delegate.

Loop Hole: 1. Chairman and faculty is also included in faculty

1. Sign a contract with pharma under 6.8.1.d. Under the contract show that you are assigned job to attend the conference and submit ideas for the pharma company.

c) Hospitality: A medical practitioner shall not accept individually any hospitality

like hotel accommodation for self and family members under any pretext.

loop Hole: As above

d) Cash or Monetary Grants: A medical practitioner shall not receive any cash or monetary grants from any pharmaceutical and allied healthcare industry for individual purpose in individual capacity under any pretext. Funding for medical research, study, etc. can only be received through approved institutions by modalities laid down by law⁄rules⁄guidelines adopted by such approved institutions, in a transparent manner. It shall always be fully disclosed.

Loop Hole: Allowed under a contract as above

g) Affiliation: A Medical practitioner may work for pharmaceutical and allied healthcare industries in advisory capacities, as consultants, as researchers, as treating doctors or in any other professional capacity. In doing so, a medical practitioner shall always:

i) Ensure that his professional integrity and freedom are maintained;
ii) Ensure that patients interest are not compromised in any way;
iii) Ensure that such affiliations are within the law;
iv) Ensure that such affiliation⁄employments are fully transparent and disclosed.

Loop Hole: You can work part time for pharma, as consultant or advisor and get all the above perks. Applicable to private sector doctors. You can get all perks for a conference if you sign a contract that you will be handling their stall for some time every day, speaking on their behalf, or doing a survey of the delegates.

h) Endorsement: A medical practitioner shall not endorse any drug or product of the industry publically. Any study conducted on the efficacy or otherwise of such products shall be presented to and⁄or through appropriate scientific bodies or published in appropriate scientific journals in a proper way.

Loop Hole: Talking about in a conference is allowed

Write prescription drugs in CAPITAL LETTERS only: MCI

Drugs names are changing in single letter difference, so that doctors write drug names in capital letters only – reg. Read: the matter with regard to Drugs names are changing in single letter difference, so that doctors write drug names in capital letters only. The Executive Committee held on 23 1.14, considered the matter and approved the draft notification to be sent to Ministry of Health & Family welfare, Gov. of India, New Delhi for its approval.