Doctors organisation issues new rules on relations with pharmaceutical companies

The Czech Medical Chamber has issued new rules on what doctors are allowed to accept from pharmaceutical firms. The regulations are intended to make relations between doctors and drugs manufacturers more transparent and to limit corrupt practices. From now on doctors are barred from receiving advantages for prescribing certain medicines and cannot accept unjustified hospitality. Medics will not be allowed to travel to any conference held at an immoderately long distance from the Czech Republic, and free accommodation at conferences must not exceed the dates of the events in question. Failure to uphold the new rules could result in a fine or a five-year suspension from the Czech Medical Chamber.

Author: Ian Willoughby