Marketing Practices: Why Pharma Does What It Does?

It started way back – spanning across many developed countries of the world. However, probably for the first time in the last five years, an international media group focused on this issue thriving in India, with so much detail. Reuters … Continue reading

Draft Pharma Policy 2017 Ticks The Right Boxes: A Challenge Still Remains

Pharma policy is not a panacea to address all related issues, neither for the patients nor the industry, in general. As I see it, it’s no more than a critical cog in the wheel of the overall macro and the … Continue reading

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

Nutraceuticals: Still An Oasis Amidst Well-Regulated Pharmaceuticals

On November 24, 2016, the food-safety watchdog of India announced that health supplements or Nutraceuticals cannot be sold as ‘medicines’ anymore. This new regulatory standard has been set for the manufacturers of Nutraceuticals and food supplements, and is aimed at … Continue reading

Does Healthcare Feature In Raisina Hill’s To-Do List?

At the Capitol Hill, while addressing the joint session of the United States Congress, on June 08, 2016, our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi well articulated the following, in his inimitable style: “My to-do list is long and ambitious. It … Continue reading

Just 16% Of Indian Population Has Access To Free Or Partially-Free Health Care?

Is health care currently a low priority area for the Government of India? Probably yes, and thus it is worth trying to fathom it out. Besides planned frugal spending on overall public health in 2015-16, even as compared to the past … Continue reading

Health Care in India: Disrupt The Status Quo

Over decades, we have been trying to ferret out the unfeigned reasons of failure for India to provide access to reasonably affordable, quality health care to all its citizens, but in vain. The quest to know its rationale becomes more … Continue reading

TPP: Discord Within A Strange Mélange And Impact On Access To Medicines

On May 19, 2015, Bloomberg reported that a sizable number of President Barack Obama’s own party colleagues, besides teachers, seniors, Internet freedom groups and nuns, have joined the push to defeat the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty. Before I delve into the TPP, … Continue reading