In a Quandary of Drug Quality, Price Control, Innovation and Patient Interest in India

The patients in India have every reason to apprehend, whether the prescription drugs that they consume are efficacious, safe and conform to the government approved prices, alongside another important question: Do they affordable access to the fruits of innovation? The … Continue reading

Revocation and Denial of Patents on Patentability Ground in India: The Fallout and the Road Ahead

On November 26, 2012, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) reportedly denied patent protection for AstraZeneca’s anti-cancer drug Gefitinib on the ground that the molecule lacked invention. The report also states that AstraZeneca suffered its first setback on Gefitinib in June 2006, … Continue reading

To prevent ‘counterfeit medicines’ from reaching the patients is the nation’s public health responsibility: Are we still in a denial mode to even accept the existence of this public health menace?

In November 7, 2009, Financial Express reported with a headline,”Generic drug companies see a bitter pill in counterfeit“, because some believe that it has an in-built intellectual property right connotation. The dictionary definition: The word ‘counterfeit’ may be defined as … Continue reading