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Attitudes and practices of medical graduates in Delhi towards gifts from the pharmaceutical industry

Vishal Sharma, Sourabh Aggarwal, Harkirat Singh, Shashank Garg, Alka Sharma, Rashmi Sharma

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2010.082


Abstract

Pharmaceutical companies use a variety of strategies, including gifts, to influence physicians. In December 2009, the Medical Council of India amended the Code of Medical Ethics to ban medical professionals from accepting gifts from pharmaceutical companies. In view of this ban, it is important to find out the magnitude and contours of the problem amongst Indian medical professionals. We aimed to study, through an e-mail based survey, the attitudes and practices of young resident doctors and interns from two medical colleges of New Delhi regarding acceptance of gifts from the pharmaceutical industry.

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