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Politicians who exposed malpractices in medical sector
Brajesh Pathak, BSP's Rajya Sabha member and Congress MP from Rajsthan, Jyoti Mirdha Gehlawat, daughter-in-law of former Haryana minister Krishna Gehlawat are remembered for exposing corrupt and malpractices in medical profession.

Jyoti Mirdha has taken up the issue of freebies to doctors by pharmacy companies for promoting their medicines. Her complaint to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has  forced the government to form rules and regulations to prohibit Pharma companies from giving gifts to the doctors.

She raised the issue concerning medical profession in Lok Sabha receiving appreciation from the Chair and Health Minister. This unethical practice is costing patients dearly as doctors prescribes unwanted costly medicines just to promote sale of medicines of those particular companies that give them costly gifts and sponsor their foreign jaunts.

Brajesh Pathak has created history in his capacity as Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He grilled officials of Drug Controller General of India, Indian Council of Medical Research and Health Ministry during review meetings.

Pathak has exposed as how the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, which  is  supposed to ensure that licences for manufacturing of medicines are given after proper clinical trial of its use, has given licences to a number of Pharma firms including one owned by the relatives of the then Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal without clearing clinical trials.

Pathak was shocked to find that the mission of CDSCO has become to meet the aspirations, demands and requirements of the pharmaceutical industry rather than protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs.

He also exposed the nexus of  officials of CDSCO, Indian Council of Medical Research and Health Ministry for giving permission for clinical trials to NGO PATH run by the former US President Bill Clinton in utter violation of rules which resulted into death of half a dozen tribals. Pathak has accused CDSCO of saving the interests of Pharma giants instead of people.

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