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Can I participate as a speaker in a scientific meeting organized by a pharmaceutical company?

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Regulation 6.8 of MCI Code of Ethics Regulations has laid down a code of conduct for doctors pertaining to their relationship with pharmaceutical and allied health sector industry. The medical practitioner has to follow the code of conduct and adhere to the stipulations mentioned therein. It states:“g) Affiliation: A medical practitioner may work for pharmaceutical and allied healthcare industries in advisory capacities, as consultants, as researchers, as treating doctors or in any other professional capacity. In doing so, a medical practitioner shall always:

  1. Ensure that his professional integrity and freedom are maintained.
  2. Ensure that patient’s interests are not compromised in any way.
  3. Ensure that such affiliations are within the law.
  4. Ensure that such affiliations/employments are fully transparent and disclosed.”

Not doing so, may lead to “First time censure, and thereafter removal of name from Indian Medical Register or State Medical Register for a period depending upon the violation of the clause”.

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