Trade in Health Service: Unfair Competition of Pharmaceutical Products in Nepal
Keywords:Bonus, Ethical Guideline, Unethical Practices, Pharmaceutical Regulation, Conflict of Interest
About 35 percent of the total demand for medicines in Nepal is covered by Nepali Pharmaceutical companies, and such companies are moving ahead for producing different kinds of medicines. The Government of Nepal, Department of Drug Administration (DDA) has formulated different regulations and guidelines to ensure ethical practices in the medical sector of Nepal. Ethical Promotion of Medicine-2007 was developed and released to encourage the improvement of health care through the rational use of medicine and discourage unethical practices. It is distressing that the guidelines have not been implemented properly due to the conflict of interests among concerned stakeholders. The cost of medicine has been very expensive and poor people have always suffered.
Key Words: Bonus; Ethical Guideline; Unethical Practices; Pharmaceutical Regulation; Conflict of Interest
Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol.3 2009 123-142