Receiving Gifts from Doctors which Were Given to Them by Drug Companies
Fatwa No: 429907

Question

Dear shake, I hope my question will be answered. Many drug companies often give pads, diaries, pens, etc to the doctors. Now, my cousin is a doctor. He receives these kinds of things from different drug companies. He has also given me some diaries and pads that he received from those companies. Now, my question is whether it is permissible for him to take these or not. And is it permissible for me to use the pads, diaries etc. he had given to me (which he had received from the companies?)? Please answer my question soon. Thank you!

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

If receiving such gifts would urge the doctor to prefer the drugs produced by the gifting company over others and prescribe them to the patients even though other drugs are better than them, then this is considered an unlawful bribe, which is impermissible.

But if receiving such gifts has no effect on the doctor's work, his sincerity to his patients, and his observation of the rules and etiquettes of his job, then it is permissible in principle.

When it is permissible for the doctor to receive such gifts, it is permissible for others to receive them from him as well, but in cases where it is impermissible for the doctor to receive them, it is impermissible for others to receive them from him.

In all cases, it is safer to avoid receiving or giving such gifts in order to block the means leading to evil.

Allah Knows best.

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