Law to prevent doctors from taking pharma gifts

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Indian government would frame a law to prevent doctors from receiving gifts and cash from pharmaceutical companies and drug pharmacies, intended by Indian health minister Gulam Nabi Azad.

“Doctors take favours from pharma companies either in the form of cash or in kind and in return give unnecessary favour to them. Then, these doctors prescribe costly medicines of that company. To stop this, Indian Govt. has decided to formulate a law and implement it soon,” said Indian Health and Family Welfare Minister Gulam Nabi Azad.

Indian health minister Gulam Nabi Azad was speaking at the West Bengal Medical Convention organized by the Nationalistic Doctors’ Forum.

Azad also assured that the Centre would set up an AIIMS-like institute in West Bengal soon and the state government had already agreed to allot 100-acre land for the purpose. A Central fund of Rs 140 crore has also been sanctioned for upgrading Calcutta Medical College and Hospital.

“Centre has decided to give special facility to doctors in post graduate diploma or National Post Graduate exam if they serve in rural areas for at least three years,” Azad said.

Source: Health Newstrack, India

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