Payoffs for doctors
The long-standing dubious practice of giving payoffs to doctors by pharmaceutical companies continues even though the minister of health has issued a circular banning it three years ago.
Fierce competition between companies in the drug market, marketers rushing to meet sales targets, and demands on doctors to meet certain conditions to be able to practice medicine have made it difficult to eliminate such payouts.
The spotlight is on Kalbe Farma. With 1,300 people marketing their products, Kalbe had the highest sales numbers compared to other pharmaceutical companies. From the pharmaceutical division alone the company has...