There is no free lunch
There is nothing which you get for free!!!
This age old adage “There is no free lunch” explains everything we already know that there is nothing which you get for free in the world. A metaphor in Hindi is that unless the baby cries, the mother also does not feed.
Therefore, if pharmaceutical companies providing freebies to clinicians are actually not free but bear very huge cost. However, the question from whom they recover the cost. The answer is simple……it is none other than the patients whom we prescribe medicines of the companies who have provided us these free gift. How does this happen is well known but is significat to encore again. Pharmaceutical companies world over including in India make not only profits but super duper profits by :
- overpricing medicines which could be several thousand times more than the production cost including the money spent in research and development.
- flooding market with unnecessary and irrational medicines
But, the fact remains pharmaceutical companies cannot do these malpractices without the cooperation of the clinicians. The consequence of this is that the ordinary citizens who are most vulnerable as a patient and completely at the mercy of the treating doctors / dentists / pharmacists are forced to bear unnecessary medication and grave financial loss which pushes a majority of them in perpetual poverty from where they never recover back. Therefore, if the objective of medical treatment is healing then an opposite of this happens if patients are subjected to the unnecessary medical care and financial catastrophe. There is an adage that a patient bought a bottle of tonic from the money he saved by missing four meals.
The time has come that we as a forum of conscientious and ethical medical / dental / pharmacists practitioners denounce this unholy cooperation extended to pharmaceutical companies and revitalise our medical profession to the glory it had as a “Noble profession” to exhibit us as a care givers of the humanity altruistically.
It is not very difficult to regain the missing grandeur if we begin to bring back ethics in our clinical work and be guided by the treatment protocols according to the standard text books.
This forum is a small begining by some clinicians and community health doctors / dentists / pharmacists in India to make sincere efforts for building an interactive forum of clical care providers. The forum appeals to all the medical doctors / dentists / pharmacists to join by filling the form - the same will be displayed in NFL - Professionals List.