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‘Doctors are going by laboratory reports than clinical examination’

Pharmaceutical companies accused of destroying medical ethics

BANGALORE: The former Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachalaiah has underlined the need for developing a system to prevent doctors from unnecessarily referring patients to expensive diagnostic centres.

He was participating in a seminar on “Present day medical practices and its consequences,” organised here on Wednesday by ThoughtProcess.

Mr. Venkatachalaiah said that doctors were mainly going by laboratory reports than clinical examination. Though technological advancements in the field of medicine had done enormous good, it had dehumanised the relationship between the doctor and the patient, he said.

Dependence

Technological dependence was killing the ability of doctors, and distancing them from patients. Instead of soothing the patients, doctors were putting them in a dilemma, he said. “The mere touch of a doctor is soothing,” Mr. Venkatachalaiah said.

Pharmacy companies had destroyed medical ethics and doctors were getting “legitimised bribes” to prescribe their products, Mr. Venkatachalaiah said.

The discovery of the Double Helix in the fifties started a new era in medicine and also created the need for following bio-ethics. The 21st century was the century of medicine, he said.

Director-General of Police (Fire Services) Jija Madhavan Harisingh, who inaugurated the seminar, said that advances in medical sciences had made everyone confident that all diseases could be cured. Technological advancements had benefited only the rich as the poor could not afford expensive treatments, she said.

Ms. Harisingh supported Mr. Venkatachalaiah’s views on evolving a system to prevent unnecessary references to laboratories and diagnostic centres.

Delivering a lecture on “Shelf life of medicines, its implications and practices,” Gundu Rao, president of the Karnataka State Pharmacy Council, said that storage played a major role from the stage of manufacture to consumption.

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