Medical Devices Corruption

Ethics, or just scruples, are no longer part of the dictionary of those working in the medical industry. A recent investigation into the supply of medical devices in India by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists exposed the corruption that underlies the business in this country. The Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States of America penalised the multinational maker of knee implants and other devices, Stryker, for violating the corruption norms in India, China and Kuwait. From offering incentives to doctors and allowing over-invoicing by hospitals so that they can overcharge patients to disbursing faulty implants and manipulating bids to form a ‘cartel’, Stryker has allegedly done it all in India. Johnson & Johnson has reportedly not been upright either, selling in India hip implants it had to withdraw from the rest of the world. The government ordered it to pay up to Rs 1.2 crore to people affected by the company’s faulty joints, and an additional Rs 10 lakh for non-medical expenses. Although this is a victory for patients’ rights, will this change everyday practices in the private health-care arena? For the real problem lies in a complicated convergence of conditions — and vested interests — that afflict the medical scene in India.

India has no regulatory body for medical devices. They are supervised by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act that is meant for pharmaceutical products. Only 23 out of 5,000 categories of devices are looked at. No law regulates the promotion and marketing practices of device manufacturing companies.

Many doctors are not prevented by their professional ethics from responding positively to the offers made by these companies. Often devices such as coronary stents are implanted when patients do not need them; some hospitals have been known to push such implants. The government’s decision to cap the price of stents had the bigger companies threatening to withdraw, but it appears that stents made in India are as good. There is also no system of reporting adverse outcomes after device implantation. Doctors and hospitals tend to avoid complaining, while patients do not know where to go. Since scruples are outdated, expert regulation is needed at every stage of the buying and using of medical devices, with no gaps in the documentation of each case more  

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The country is plunged up to the throat in corruption. Any one from any corner of the globe can dump & dispose of their substandard products rejected by other nations in this country on the strength of money power. Our government is least bothered with the issues which have least or zero affects on their vote politics. more  
In India, corruption and un-fair trade practices and going on unabated.
The funda a clear : Baap bada na bhaia, sabse bada rupia:. There is
wide spread corruption in all wings of administration including courts and private sector as well. It is a team work of 3 entities - Bania-babu-neta.
Only harsh anti corruption laws will help in minimizing corruption which
no political party wants as it will prove self destructive. more  
It is a fact that India has no regulatory body for medical devices. They are supervised by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation under the Drugs and Cosmetics Ac more  
Earlier in common people's mind were, "Doctors are next to God", but presently Doctors are more than a business man. A business man knows that he has many competitors, but Doctors Guild made a flat rate for all hospitals for any medical instrument planted/fitted in our body. more  
As long as money & wealthy are respected, as long as pomp & show functions, rituals are mandatory, so long corruption would continue to exist. No way. Don't blame malpractices, corrupt practices without which one cannot become wealthy. Ashok became great by massive attacks on weaker kings destroying innocents to become wealthy & popularity. Lack of future security is another cause for accumulation & hoarding of wealth by being deceitful more  
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