Is India A Success Story With Biosimilar Drugs?

How Indian generic companies are expanding, if not shifting their business focus on biosimilar and complex generic drugs, may be a current trend of general discourse – but the initiative is not a current one. This journey commenced decades ago … Continue reading

Sharper Focus On Vaccine: A Huge Scope To Reduce Disease Burden In India

Several international research studies have conclusively established that the aggressive application of nationally recommended prevention activities could significantly reduce the burden of disease in several areas. Immunization or vaccination program is one such critical areas. Several ailments, which used to … Continue reading

Wide Gap Between Health Care Needs, And Delivery: Is The Bridge Still Too Far?

“Health inequities which abound in India must be corrected through investments in a robust primary health care system,” said Professor K Srinath Reddy, chairman, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), not too long ago. The equity gap between health care … Continue reading

In VUCA World: Changing Dynamics of Prescription Generation Process

The acronym VUCA is often being used to emphasize upon the Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity in various situations. The term has been derived from military vocabulary and is being used since 1990s in the business management parlance. VUCA is also … Continue reading

New Drug Price Control Order of India: Is it Directionally Right Improving Access to Medicines?

The last Drug Policy of India was announced in 2002, which was subsequently challenged by a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Karnataka High Court on the ground of being inflationary in nature. The Honorable Court by its order dated … Continue reading

Does the Landmark Glivec Judgment Discourage Innovation in India?

No, I do not think so. The 112 pages well articulated judgment of the Supreme Court of India delivered on April 1, 2013, does not even remotely discourage innovation in India, including much talked about ‘incremental innovation’. This landmark judgment … Continue reading

Nine Major Challenges Constraining Indian Pharmaceutical Industry From Taking a Quantum Leap

Among the developing nations of the world, India has already carved out a special niche for itself in many business verticals of the pharmaceutical industry and is currently being recognized as the ‘pharmacy of the world’ for the generic medicines. … Continue reading

‘Free Essential Medicines for All’ – A Laudable Public Healthcare Initiative of India, Tough Challenges Notwithstanding

Recently the Government of India has taken a landmark ‘Public Healthcare’ related initiative to provide unbranded generic formulations of all essential drugs, featuring in the ‘National List of Essential Medicines 2011’, free of cost to all patients from the public … Continue reading