‘Your medicine box may have fake drugs’ was the March 18, 2018 headline of a popular pan Indian news daily. Just the year before, the 2017 report of the World Health Organization (WHO), also flagged that around 10.5 percent of all medicines in … Continue reading
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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
On Serious Healthcare, Some Bizarre Decisions
On August 04, 2016, it was widely reported by the media that the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers – Mr. Anant Kumar, would launch a new digital initiative of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), named, “Search Medicine Price”, … 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
Nutraceuticals: Make The Fragile Regulatory Space Robust, Soon
In the space between drugs and nutrition, there is an intriguing ‘gray area’ with significant business relevance, especially in India. In a related publication, A.T. Kearney – a leading global management consulting firm has elaborated it as below: “At one end … Continue reading
The Recent Ban On Irrational FDCs: History Repeats Itself
The recent regulatory ban on a large number of irrational Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) drugs is not a new incident in India. A similar mega ban was announced even before, about nine years ago. Intriguingly, the saga continues, for various … Continue reading
NDDS as New Drug: Good for Patients, Great for Pharma
The Ministry of Health of India has reportedly decided to amend Rule 122 (E) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 to categorize the New Drug Delivery Systems (NDDS), including ‘Controlled Release (CR)’ or ‘Modified Release (MR)’ formulations, whether a … Continue reading
Supreme Court Suspends New Drug Trials in India…Time to Shape Up?
On September 30, 2013, with a damning stricture to the Drug Regulator, the Supreme Court, in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the NGO Swasthya Adhikar Manch, stayed approvals for 162 applications for local Clinical Trials (CTs) of new … Continue reading