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India’s Punjab State Bans Drug Rep Visits To Docs During Patient Hours

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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The government of the Indian state of Punjab has banned physician meetings with pharmaceutical representatives during working hours. Punjab's Medical Education and Research minister said the ban is aimed at such encounters during the visiting hours of general patients. The intent is to avoid such meetings, which often cause patients to have to wait longer to see their physician, sometimes for hours. The rule is to apply to all doctors, in public or private practice, who work in medical institutes and hospitals. The rule allows the meetings after 2 p.m. if the doctor has seen all waiting patients. (Click here for more
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