New Delhi: Dr Gopal Dabade of the All India Drug Action Network and Dr Narendra Gupta of the NGO Prayas, in association with MEZIS (‘Mein Essen Zahl Ich Selbst’ or ‘I pay for my own lunch’), a German organisation of doctors fighting the influence of pharmaceutical companies within the profession in Germany, have established ‘No Free Lunch – India’ (NFL-I), an initiative to bring ethical changes in the medical, dental and pharmacy practices.
“The idea was born in 2014 during the Indian Bioethics Conference, where the session on corruption in healthcare and medicine was organised and led by MEZIS. This year I met Dr Dabade, Dr Gupta and a few others when I was in Delhi. That is when we decided to launch No Free Lunch India,” Dr Christiane Fischer, CEO of MEZIS, has been quoted by ToI as saying.
“Corruption in healthcare is a global problem and the practice of the pharmaceutical industry influencing doctors’ prescriptions happens in both India and Germany. In fact, now No Free Lunch is an international movement of doctors who are against the pervasive influence of the pharmaceutical industry,” added Dr Fischer, who is also a member of the German Ethics Council.