'Code of conduct will break doc-pharma nexus'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2015 22:49 IST

The code of conduct charted out by the central government would break the nexus between doctors and pharmaceutical companies, Dr KK Aggarwal, national general secretary of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), said on Saturday.

Dr Aggarwal said this while he was attending annual conference of the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin which started at a city hotel on Saturday.

He said so far the guidelines were applicable only on doctors and there were no such rules for pharmaceutical companies.

"It was an incomplete code of conduct to check the nexus," he said.

The government had introduced a code of conduct for pharmaceutical industry instructing them to stop luring doctors to prescribe unnecessary medicines.

Hailing the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Dr Aggarwal said if it was implemented in word and spirit, it would help in reducing the disease burden by at least 20%.

Besides, the IMA officials also spoke on drug menace in Punjab. IMA national president Dr A Marthanda Pillai said if the problem was so big then there should be a standard protocol for the doctors to deal with such cases. "These protocols should be made available to general physicians also so that each person suffering from drug abuse could be taken care of," he said.

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