Minister Admits Unholy Nexus Between Doctors-Pharma Companies

SRINAGAR: At the time when the High Court has sought the government’s response on action taken against those doctors who have been found accepting gifts and monetary benefits from pharmaceutical companies, the state government on Saturday admitted that some doctors were involved in such practice.

“This is true that some doctors are involved in this activity. Though maximum medicines are available in the hospitals but the doctors doing private practice prescribe the medicines of particular companies to get the monetary benefits,” Taj Mohiuddin the Minister for Medical Education said.

“Such doctors do not have any conscience and get easily involved. Despite the fact that the government warn these doctors time and again but they don’t stop indulging in this kind of malpractice. Now the government has decided to be tough against these erring doctors and more over the medicines will be subjected to a thorough testing, “he said.

Stating that the government does not have any problem if the companies produce quality medicine Taj said that the production of substandard medicine by any company will not be tolerated. “The doctors should also exhibit their responsibility by prescribing only the genuine medicine to the suffering patients, “he added.

Replying to a query, whether the government is likely to take action against the medical representatives who motivate doctors to prescribe particular medicines Taj said, “The job of medical representatives is to inform doctors about the new medicine of their companies so blaming them is unfair, he said adding the matter of the concern is the doctors who just for the sake of some benefits play with the life of Innocent patients.  

When asked why the private practice is not completely banned, he said, “HOD’s have already been instructed to carry out the private practice in the Hospitals. However we are waiting for the Supreme Court decision. As soon as some decision comes from the Supreme Court the private practice will be completely banned and uprooted,” he said. KNS

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