Published at www.cmaj.ca from Dec. 1 to informed whether their credentials will eign trips. Nabi Azad told the West Ben-
Dec. 24, 2009 allow them to work within their profes- gal Medical Association that Indian
sion in Canada. But the first phase of Medical Council (Professional Conduct,
HIV recommendations: The World fast-tracking will only apply to 15 Etiquette and Ethics) regulations will be
Health Organization (WHO) is calling licensed professions, including pharma- amended to prohibit gifts from pharma-
for the use of more patient-friendly cists, physiotherapists, occupational ceutical or allied health care firms.
HIV drugs, earlier treatment for HIV- therapists, registered nurses and med- India’s crackdown is but the latest in the
positive patients and prolonged use of ical laboratory technologists. Physi- wake of concerns that industry handouts
antiretroviral drugs for HIV-positive cians, licensed practical nurses and are increasingly influencing therapeutic
mothers who are breastfeeding their medical radiation technologists will not decisions and compromising the medical
infants. The new HIV recommenda- fall under the framework’s umbrella profession’s reputation, (CMAJ 2008.
tions say that use of antiretrovirals by until the end of 2012. Concerns have DOI:10.1503/cmaj.080780 and CMAJ
HIV-positive mothers and infants can been expressed that the regime may 2008. DOI.10.1503/cmaj.081669).
reduce mother-to-child transmission compromise existing licensing Although Canadian medical schools
risk to 5% and improve child survival processes and standards for accrediting have varying policies toward industry
rates (www.who.int/mediacentre/news foreign-trained physicians. — Lauren handouts or, in some cases, no policies
/releases/2009/world_aids_20091130 Vogel, Ottawa, Ont. at all, administrators say there’s no need
/en/index.html). WHO also recom- for restrictive guidelines because the
mends an early start to antiretroviral Bolstering the medical ranks: level of abuse isn’t as severe as in other
treatments for all HIV-positive patients, Attracting new students to family med- countries (CMAJ 2008. DOI.10.1503
after studies found early therapy icine, providing training opportunities /cmaj .081008). — Lauren Vogel,
boosted the immune system, reduced to integrate foreign-trained doctors into Ottawa, Ont.
rates of death and disease and lowered the family physician workforce and
transmission rates. WHO is also asking offering financial incentives for doc- Olympic torch relay: Twenty doctors
countries to phase out the use of the tors to take on additional patients are from across the country, including Cana-
antiretroviral drug stavudine due to its among measures needed to achieve the dian Medical Association President Dr.
long term, irreversible side effects. — goals of improving primary care and Anne Doig, carried the Olympic Torch
Lauren Vogel, Ottawa, Ont. supplying 95% of Canadians with a on behalf of the CMA on Dec. 14, 2009
doctor by 2012, according to a new in Cornwall, Ontario, as part of the