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[e-drug] Drug companies and medical profession (2)

  • From: "Chandra Gulhati" <seeemgee@yahoo.co.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 06:54:35 +0000 (GMT)

E-DRUG: Drug companies and medical profession (2)

There is total nexus between professional associations of doctors and drug companies in India. Nearly all medical associations are provided funds and other favours by the pharmaceutical industry in return for prescriptions, favourable results of clinical trials, endorsements (illegal but rampant), "ghost" writings etc. Here are some recent examples (US $ = Indian Rs. 43):

* The Indian Medical Association requested major drug companies to become 'Principal Sponsor' of its All India Conference by paying a whopping Rs. 7.5 millions. The Company could also become 'Full Day Sponsor' by paying Rs. 2.5 millions. Funds were sought to feed the participants at the rate of Rs. 1 million for each lunch and Rs. 1.5 million for the banquet.

* Indian College of Interventional Cardiology asked for Rs. 0.5 million for placing a banner in the main hall.

* Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine sought Rs. 1.5 millions for being given the "honour" of the 'Principal Sponsor', Rs. 0.5 millions for each lunch and Rs. 1 million for banquet.

* The Maharashtra (Sate) Branch of the Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists sought Rs. 500,000 to designate a company as the 'Main Sponsor of the Conference.'&#65533;

* The Indian Orthopaedic Association asked Rs. 1 million from a company towards 'Sponsorship of the Main Hall'&#65533;whatever it means. For each meal the companies were asked to pay Rs. 0.8 millions.

* National College of Chest Physicians/Indian Chest Society sought Rs. 1.5 millions for three lunches and 1.7 millions for two dinners for its conference in Ahmedabad.

* Indian Association of Surgical Oncology wanted Rs. 0.4 millions from any company that wanted to become 'Principal Sponsor.'&#65533;

* Indian Association for Cardio Vascular-Thoracic Surgeons sought Rs. 1,00,000 for "an opportunity to any company to introduce its product in 7 minutes."

* Indian Clinical Epidemiological Network that held a conference in Agra sought Rs. 1,00,000 to take participants from Delhi to see Tajmahal in Agra 'for augmenting Quality of Hospitality.' Another Rs. 1,00,000 were sought to serve 'A Glass of Beer/Wine during Dinners and Banquets.'&#65533;

* Three companies namely Organon (India) Ltd, Indo-French Marketing Company and Universal Biomedics were the principal financiers of National Association of Sexology Conference.

Here are some Quotable Quotes from letters written by medical associations to drug companies:

* There is always a 'lose bondage between the medical profession and pharmaceutical industries' wrote Organising Secretary of the Cardiological Society of India seeking funds from the drug companies.

* 'Financial support from industries is mandatory to make Annual Conference of Cardio Vascular-Thoracic Surgeons successful' Organizing Secretary.

* The sponsorship of the toilet (Clock Room) will be Rs. 1,00,000 while Baloons will cost Rs. 1,00,000 each. - Organising Secretary, National Conference on Pulmonary Diseases.

* An article on a product of interest to your Company can be published in the Souvenir on payment of Rs. 1,00,000 - Editor, All India Medical Association's (IMA) Conference.

Dr. Chandra M. Gulhati
Editor, MIMS
(Monthly Index of Medical Specialities)
e-mail: indianmims@yahoo.co.in