Friday, 4 April 2014

Pharma bribes and other medical news from China

China pharma bribes explained
A former pharma industry sales rep in Shanghai has described how bribes were given to doctors in various ways. According to the FT ‘big-ticket bribes’ were laundered through travel agents whereas smaller kickbacks were directly paid in cash or in kind to doctors. The former rep said he covered up the bribes using fake tax receipts or with receipts he collected from family and friends for taxis and meals. Drug reps could boost their base salary of 7,500 yuan a month with a quarterly bonus of 17,000 yuan if sales targets were met, plus an additional 5% of sales above the target.
The average industry kickback to doctors was 5-20% of the value of the drug, he said.

And in other news ...

The best treatment for H7N9 influenza is intravenous zanamivir (Relenza) say HK respiratory physicians.

About 15% of children hospitalised with pneumonia have RSV infection and this could be prevented with a vaccine, according to a study from Suzhou.

Suicide rates have fallen substantially in China in the last decade, according to a study from Shandong.

Prescribing of  tuberculosis drug treatment is poor with only one in four drug courses being adequate, a study from Hubei has found.

Cefrtriaxone may cause postrenal acute renal failure in children, doctors from Wuhan report.

A Chinese doctor from Hebei was one of the passengers on the missing Malaysian flight MH370, the Times reports. Dr Bian Liangjing gave up working as a doctor in China because he could earn more money as a labourer in Singapore, his family said.

Osteoporosis imposes a major financial burden on elderly Chinese, with a hip fracture costing an average of 27,000 yuan ($4300) in treatment and other costs.

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