Medical Devices Corruption
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 Since scruples are outdated, expert regulation is needed at every stage of the buying and using of medical devices, with no gaps in the documentation of each case more
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