In the latest scandal to hit the Indian Pharma industry, the Medical Council of India (MCI) is trying to get the names of around 200 doctors from two Pharma giants, Piramal Healthcare and Dr Reddy's Laboratories, about a junket to Turkey, Istanbul, for a Diabetic Conference and a Conference in Hyderabad, India, all expenses paid.
But having received no replies from the two companies, they have now approached the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), asking it to exercise its powers as the drug companies come under their sphere and as they are not divulging any names. Sources in the DCGI confirmed that letters were indeed issued to the companies, looking for information on doctors allegedly sponsored by them.
The incident comes a month after the MCI banned doctors from accepting any kind of favors i.e. gifts, travel facilities or hospitality from pharmaceutical firms.
"The companies did not respond properly when we sought names of doctors and their registration numbers. We have no option but to approach DCGI to get the details from the companies," Dr Desai said.
When contacted, GV Prasad, vice chairman and CEO, Dr Reddy's downplayed the issues saying "We have received a letter from DCGI seeking some information which has been provided."