Draft Pharma Policy 2017 And Branded Generics

In its first reading, the 18-page draft Pharma Policy, 2017 gives me a sense that the Government has followed the much-desired principle of ‘walk the talk’, especially in some key areas. One such space is what Prime Minister Modi distinctly … Continue reading

Prescriptions in Generic Names Be Made A Must in India?

Would prescriptions in generic names be made a must in India? Yes, that’s what Prime Minister Modi distinctly hinted at on April 17, 2017, during the inauguration function of a charitable hospital in Surat. To facilitate this process, his government … Continue reading

Déjà Vu In Pharma Industry

It’s happening in the West, and is equally widespread in the Eastern part of the globe too, though in different ways and forms, as both the national and international media have been reporting, consistently. The phenomenon is all pervasive, and … Continue reading

Union Budget 2014-15: Ticks The ‘Top Priority’ Boxes on Healthcare

The Union Budget 2014-15, especially for healthcare, needs to be analyzed against the backdrop of what the common patients have been going through in the healthcare space of India, over a period of time. In that context, I would quote … Continue reading

RHDS: A Simmering Promise in Despondency

Eric Topol, a leading cardiologist who has embraced the study of genomics and the latest advances in technology to treat chronic disease says, “We’ll soon use our smartphones to monitor our vital signs and chronic conditions in future.” By clicking … Continue reading

Small Steps, yet Giant Leaps: In Pursuit of Affordable Medicines for All

Since last few years, some small yet very significant steps are being taken, mostly by the respective Governments, in and outside India, to provide affordable healthcare in general and affordable medicines in particular, for all. It is well recognized that … Continue reading

Supreme Court Intervened…But ‘Price Control’ needs striking a right balance between ‘Affordability’ and ‘Availability’ of medicines for Patients’ Sake

On October 3, 2012, the Supreme Court bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice SJ Mukhopadhayareportedly asked the government not to disturb the existing price control mechanism while including all medicines featuring  in the National List of Essential Medicines 2011 (NLEM … Continue reading

Quantum Growth Envisaged in Government Procurement for Pharmaceuticals: A Challenging Ball Game for Pharma Players

Direct procurement by the Governments of various countries is attracting increasing importance not just at the domestic level, but internationally, as well. The systems adopted for Government Procurement (GP) globally are aimed at making a significant difference in the effectiveness … Continue reading