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June 29, 2016

Education could be cut

Education for doctors could be cut if excessively strict guidelines are created to regulate GPs’ relationships with pharmaceutical companies, the Chairman of the Irish Medical Organisation’s GP Committee has warned.
Dr Ronan Boland was responding to the recent Dáil Public Accounts Committee report that called for stricter Medical Council ethical guidelines to regulate GPs’ relationships with the pharmaceutical industry.

That report also recommended the Department of Health and HSE should negotiate with the IMO and the Irish Pharmacy Union to prevent over-prescribing; and it noted the HSE thought there was a need to educate family doctors about prescription habits.
Dr Boland said prescribers rely on ethical input from pharmaceutical companies in relation to the latest products and research.