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TSI | Issue Dated: May 13, 2007
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The winners of Rs. 3,000 are... To be or not to be!

One of the most difficult questions I have faced in my medical career was from my teenager son who asked me, “Why don’t you get gifts from the drug companies? All my friends’ fathers receive gifts from them.” It was not possible for me to say it is unethical to accept such gifts as I do not intend to criticise my colleagues. But it is time for doctors to introspect. In the US, drug companies shell out $4b to advertise directly to consumers. They spend 400% more, equivalent to $16b each year on physicians. There is no such study conducted in India. Not only this, by 2010, it is estimated that there will be two million patients in India on clinical trials. An entire industry has sprung up, specialising in recruiting patients and managing experiments. A BBC investigation into these trials found out that most of the patients were unaware they are being experimented on at all.

Gaurang Dave

Via email Loss of faith

A common saying goes like this, “Pray to god, that you never come across a lawyer, a policeman and a doctor”, for the simple reason that you will end up losing not just money, but time, patience and faith in the social system. Doctors are truly sucking the blood of patients. You go to get your BP checked, and they will give you a list of unnecessary tests from a particular place. Morality needs to be brought back in our professions to revive people’s faith.

Manoj C.

Amravati The winners of Rs. 3,000 are... It’s getting darker

This is with reference to The Heart of Darkness. Recent reports about power shortage in India’s financial hub, Mumbai, clearly highlights India’s power crisis. The effect of power crisis is evident with the Tata Power Co. Ltd’s urge to citizens to cut down their electicity consumption.   With the Indian economy growing rapidly, so is the the demand for electrical goods. Commercial places like malls are also springing up. The previous year, the energy shortfall touched 9%. Even as the government plans to expand hydroelectric projects, the problem is just growing year after year.

Yudhisthir

Mumbai
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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017