Corruption of Discounts and Reimbursements in the TCM Area?

Prohibition of monetary advantages; TCM

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is prevalent and popular in Switzerland. It is, therefore, surprising that only few specialized legal regulations exist that apply to alternative medicine. The question of whether the granting and accepting of monetary advantages is forbidden and can be penalized, for instance, is undetermined.

In our recentlypublished German article (PDF, 548 Kb), we demonstrate to what extent the prohibition of monetary advantages (based on current legislation) respectively the medicinal integrity and transparency requirements (presumably from January 2019) also apply to the distribution of TCM medicinal products and what consequences are being risked by ignoring these provisions. And finally, practical instructions are provided for which measures can be implemented to reduce these risks.

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