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After Strictures For Doctors, Medical Council of India Now Guns For Pharma Companies Offering Kickbacks

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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MUMBAI - The Medical Council of India - the governing body for medical education and practice in India - has proposed to the Indian health ministry that legal provisions be finalized to penalize pharmaceutical companies that offer expensive gifts, donations or travel reimbursement to doctors with an intention to generate higher sales for their brands

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