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 Since scruples are outdated, expert regulation is needed at every stage of the buying and using of medical devices, with no gaps in the documentation of each case more  

View all 8 comments Below 8 comments
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  
Post a Comment

Related Posts

    • Bribery hitting peak during COVID-18

      Bribes are back friends and organisations like Transparency International are not doing much. Bribes being taken openly from migrants who already have tokens for train and bus travel. P...

      By Ajay Kumar
    • Why Govt bodies need intermediaries?

      Wondfo, a Chinese company accused of supplying 'faulty' rapid testing kits to ICMR, manufactures it for $3 (Rs 225) a unit. Somehow, instead of procuring them directly from Wondfo, ICMR has engaged...

      By Vinita Agrawal
    • Alerting Administrators

      When demand is more than supply corruption creeps in. Talking to 4 vendors in past 2 days, I get a strong sense that fruit veggie vendors are paying bribes to police and have built that in the pric...

      By Sudesh Rai
    • Yes Bank - Corporate Kickbacks

      Kickbacks, the ugly lesser reported truth of white collar crime in Indian wholesale banking. If anything all of this makes more sense when I recall a conversation with someone who was puzzled why R...

      By Amit Mishra
    • Truck bribes

      Gujarat is the cleanest state with minimum bribes. MP border charges Rs1500/- per truck for entry and likewise for exit. Its daylight robbery. Multiple complaints have fallen on deaf ears. Its like...

      By Amit Gupta
    • 48000 crores paid in bribe by truck drivers

      All these corrupt transport departments Are Still making money if we believe this survey. This is ridiculous. Will the CM of BJP states like Haryana UP Gujarat Karnataka answer???

      By Rohit Jain
    • Good Budget announcement on Citizen Charter for Tax payers

      This was a good move announced by FM. Can we please share our inputs via this circle as the subject has been extensively discussed. The feedback for what should be in charter of citizens should com...

      By Reeta Kumar
    • Shared this from Transforming India

      Every member of the circle please vote on this poll. The Govt needs to know whether or not NRC will cause corruption problems.

      By Naina Mittal
    • corruption in bocw deptt.

      there is rampant corruption in every state to issue labour licenses as well as permit under bocw as well as migrant workers license.the fee is fixed per person;even though the procedure is to apply...

      By Suresh Dasarathy
    • Corruption under BOCW act is a must

      I am writing this on behalf of my husband who is in the EPC business. According to him corruption under BOCW act is a must. BOCW stands for benefits of construction worker and all busin...

      By Sandhya Agarwal
    • Reliance Finance lending to indirectly linked borrowers

      There is attached news today saying that Reliance Home Finance lent 12000 crores of money to a set of potentially indirectly linked borrowers? Who the hell is investigating this. How many more bad ...

      By Amit Mishra
Enter your email & mobile number and we will send you the instructions

Note - The email can sometime gets delivered to the spam folder, so the instruction will be send to your mobile as well

Please select a Circle that you want people to invite to.
Invite to
(Maximum 500 email ids allowed.)