Patna High Court issues notice on “doctor-pharma nexus”
A division bench of the Patna High Court comprising Chief Justice J N Bhatt and Justice Shailesh Kumar Sinha has issued notices to the union government and the state government on a PIL of People’s Watch, seeking CBI probe into the alleged doctor-drug manufacturer-marketer nexus.
In his plea, People’s Watch convener and lawyer Arvind Kumar had submitted that in Bihar alone, drugs worth more than Rs 5,000 crore are being sold annually to the patients at exorbitant price, due to the alleged nexus of a section of the doctors with the pharmacists.
Quoting Dr M Mariappan of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Kumar said pharmaceutical companies are giving precious gifts to doctors for prescribing costly medicines. He alleged that doctors are being used as tools by chemists and pharmacists to extract money from patients.