SCAM : Dolo-650 makers spent Rs 1,000 crore on doctors’: SC asks Center for response

The Supreme Court expressed concern today about alleged unethical marketing practices by pharmaceutical companies that lead to healthcare professionals prescribing high-cost or overpriced brands. The Supreme Court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking orders holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for providing freebies to doctors as an inducement to prescribe their drugs.

The Supreme Court bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna was informed that the makers of the popular anti-fever drug Dolo-650 mg tablet had spent Rs 1,000 crore on freebies in order to get their medicine prescribed to patients.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has accused the makers of the Dolo-650 tablet of distributing freebies worth Rs 1,000 crore to doctors in exchange for prescribing the tablet, said senior advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for the Federation of Medical and Sales Representatives Association of India.

Justice DY Chandrachud described it as a “severe issue” and mentioned that when he had Covid, the same medication had also been prescribed to him.

“I don’t find this to be relaxing. When I had COVID, I was also asked to have the same. This is a very severe thing, “said Justice Chandrachud.

The Center has been given 10 days by the court to submit a response.

According to the PIL, there are several cases that demonstrate how corruption in the pharmaceutical industry jeopardizes patients’ health and threatens positive health outcomes.

The petition has stated several examples of how corruption in the pharmaceutical industry jeopardizes positive health outcomes and endangers people. There are several examples of how corruption in the pharmaceutical industry jeopardizes positive health outcomes and endangers people’s health.

It further stated that a Statutory Code of ethical marketing for the Pharmaceutical Industry, with Penal Consequences, be established to curtail such practises for the enforcement of the Fundamental Right to Health of the people of India since violations of this kind have become a recurring phenomenon and are progressively becoming more widespread.

The petition also claimed that since the current Code is voluntary, unethical behaviour has increased and been exposed throughout the COVID-19 period.

In order to make the Uniform Code of Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices effective by providing a monitoring mechanism, transparency, accountability, and consequences for infractions, the petition urged to issue a directive.

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