India moves to curb unethical drug promotional practices

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 13 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c206
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. 1New Delhi

    The Medical Council of India has launched new rules to stop doctors accepting gifts or sponsorships from drug companies, amid longstanding concerns about unethical drug promotional practices in the country.

    The council, India’s apex regulatory agency for licensing doctors, has issued a code of conduct that prohibits doctors from accepting gifts, payments, assistance with travel, or hospitality from drug companies or their representatives.

    In amendments to rules governing the professional conduct, etiquette, and ethics of doctors, the council has also specified that medical practitioners should not accept any monetary grants from drug …

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