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Dolo-650 in SC: PIL says makers gave Rs 1,000 crore freebies to doctors to promote drug

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New Delhi: A PIL in the Supreme Court on Thursday accused manufacturers of anti-fever medicine Dolo-650 of distributing freebies worth around Rs 1,000 crore to doctors for prescribing the drug.

The PIL was filed by the Federation of Medical and Sales Representatives Association of India.

“Over Rs 1,000 crore freebies have been given by Dolo company for the 650 mg formulation. The doctors were prescribing an irrational dose combination,” senior advocate Sanjay Parikh, who was appearing on behalf of the medical body, submitted, citing a report by the Central Board of Direct Taxes as the source of information.

Dolo-650 became a household drug during the Covid-19 pandemic when doctors everywhere in the country prescribed it for fever control in Covid patients.

Justice DY Chandrachud, who was hearing the case along with Justice AS Bopanna, remarked that he too had been prescribed the drug when he had Covid.

The Federation, through its PIL, has sought directions to make pharma companies liable for distributing freebies to doctors to promote their drugs.

Currently, there is no law or regulation prohibiting such practices in the absence of statutory basis for the Uniform Code of Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices (UCPMP), the PIL submitted, seeking directions to the Centre to set up a statutory backing to the UCPMP.

The SC has asked the Centre to file its response in a week.

 

 

 

 

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