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Doctors and drug firms

Published Jun 11, 2012 12:10am


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BALOCHISTAN is economically, socially and politically the most backward province. People are unable to make ends meet owing to galloping inflation.

The reason is the non-availability of the proper means of livelihood because there is only the services sector which cannot meet the growing demands of the labour force.

People do not have access to basic amenities of life. The most important of these are food and healthcare.

Many doctors have added fuel to the fire by opening ‘slaughterhouses’ across the province. They have secretly formed alliances with pharmaceutical companies. The former are paid staggering sums by the latter in the shape of cash, foreign tours, the latest model of vehicles and so on for the marketing of their medicines.

Moreover, when doctors come into agreement with drug companies, they are assigned targets which they have to complete by hook or by crook.

At this juncture when the doctor has to execute the target, he prescribes medicines to those patients who do not even require them.

Can anybody answer whether we are truly an Islamic, independent and democratic state? Can we truly call ourselves humans?

One wonders where the government machinery is. The downtrodden keep wondering as to whose door to knock for being provided justice.

The authorities concerned are aware of the menace but they are not paying attention to the problems of the masses.

I appeal to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take action against this criminal negligence by taking suo motu notice against all those involved.



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Comments (7) Closed

farhanshahidkhan Jun 11, 2012 03:40am
Doctors in Pakistan are greedy to the highest extent. They join hands with medical labs to recommend unnecessary tests, join hands with pharmaceutical companies to prescribe unnecessary medicines and charge exorbitant fees without properly treating the patients. Moreover they black mail governments by putting the patients lives to ransom. They are truly despicable creatures and no more messiahs
Umesh Bhagwat Jun 11, 2012 11:47am
Professional ethics are at its lowest everywhere.People have forgotten God and are crazy only about wealth,power,success at all costs etc.In India medical care has become so expensive that it is beyond the reach of the common man. I hope people realise that you have to reap as you sow. Each person has to pay for his sins in this life only!
abCD Jun 11, 2012 10:43am
Watch Aamir Khan's Satyamev jayte on star tv for all social evils of our society
gangadin Jun 11, 2012 10:30am
hahahahahahahahaha "doctors in Pakistan are greedy". Every one else is an angel.
Mohammad Jun 11, 2012 06:44pm
Because of the few, the whole and noble medical profession's image is tarnished, So sad!!!!!!!
Adeel Jun 11, 2012 06:37am
Question The sales representatives of pharmaceutical companies offer gifts to doctors so that that they prescribe to their patients the medicines manufactured by those companies. Is it allowed for doctors to accept these gifts as long as they only prescribe the amount of medicine required by the patient? Answered by Sheikh Hamad al-Haydarî These so-called “gifts” are nothing more than bribes being given by the sales representatives to the doctors. As such, it is not permissible for a doctor to accept them. What happens is that because of these gifts, doctors will prescribe medicines to their patients that may not reflect the best price or the best quality available on the market. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Religion is sincerity.” He was asked: “To whom, O Messenger of Allah?” He said: “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, the Muslim leaders, and to the generality of the Muslims.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim] Such practices are not in accordance with the required sincerity to the general public. It leads only to pharmaceutical companies increasing their profits at the expense of the ultimate consumers. The doctor is responsible to the patients who come to him. He is obligated therefore to recommend the best and most inexpensive medicine for the patient’s needs, regardless of the brand of medicine that it is.
Muhammad Ashraf Jun 11, 2012 07:26am
This nonsense is not the problem of Balochistan only, but whole of Pakistan. Who cares ???