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Doctors may be prohibited from receiving benefits from the health industry

Intent project is to preserve the professional autonomy of the physician to prescribe medications or treatments or indicate

 
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Physicians and medical societies may be prohibited from receiving benefits industry and trade in health products. It proposes that the bill introduced by Senator Maria do Carmo Alves.

The intention of the Senator with the bill of the Senate (PLS 225/2012) is to preserve the professional autonomy of the physician to prescribe or indicate drugs or treatments. For this, the proposal modifies the law of the Boards of Medicine (Law 3.268/1957) to require the Medical Code of Ethics or Code of Medical Ethics containing devices that prevent professionals receive any types of payments, incentives or benefits of the sectors of industry and trade in health products.

Maria do Carmo explained, in justifying the proposal, the initiative for the project was due to kick positioning of the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM) regarding the relationship between doctors and medical products industry pharmacists. The senator said that was instigated to submit the bill from the article Sergipana president of the Academy of Medicine and Professor of Medical Ethics (Federal University of Sergipe), Deborah Pimentel, who reports this relationship, known for her promiscuous.

The text of the Federal Council of Medicine surrenders to the industry, said the senator, pointing the successive decisions of the CFM in relation to the matter. To Dr. Deborah Pimentel, the biggest breakthrough happened in 2010 when inserted in the new Code of Medical Ethics ban that doctors receive gifts, travel, subscriptions conferences, books, equipment, and assembly of offices.

However, the senator said, the article reports that the teacher, in February 2012, agreement between CFM and medical associations allowed industries to finance trips to medical conferences, including registration, transportation, meals and lodging.

While the agreement stipulates that the selection of guests should be made by objective criteria and not by the quantity of prescription products for the professional, Senator considers a setback such permission.

The agreement, further explains the president of the Academy of Medicine Sergipana kept the ban giveaways cheaper, such as pens and pads, but allowed the offering of gifts to doctors worth up to $ 200.00.

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Another setback in the evaluation of Senator, was the change in the resolution establishing the rules of medical advertising to withdraw the ban on sale of stamps of approval on products. This is a practice adopted by some societies, explained Maria do Carmo, as the Brazilian Cardiology Society, approving about 35 products, among them, margarines, electric grills, sandwiches and juices. Brazilian Society of Pediatrics, reports, has already decided not to renew the seals approving antibacterial soaps and shoes.

A medical ethicist considers the agreement of CFM as a shameful surrender to economic power, presenting as fact and indisputable evidence that the relationship between industry and professional compromises the autonomy of physicians in choosing medicines, prostheses and other products for your patients - said Sen. Maria do Carmo.

The project awaits appointment of rapporteur on Social Affairs Committee (CAS), which will receive terminative decision.

Source: AGÊNCIA SENADO
   Palavras-chave:   Code of Medical Ethics    Health industry    Bill    Federal Council of Medicine    CFM   
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