Rebuilding Pharma Image: A Laudable Mindset – Lacking In Many

The fierce debate on ethics and compliance related issues in the pharma marketing practices still reverberates, across the globe. One of its key fallout has been ever-increasing negative consumer perception about this sector, sparing a very few companies, if at … Continue reading

Ease of Doing Pharma Business in India: A Kaleidoscopic View 

Ensuring ease of doing any ethical business activity in India, is a new focus area of the Government and is very rightly so. Creating ease of doing ethical pharma business too, falls under this overall national objective. In this article, … Continue reading

A Patient-Centric State Initiative To Revolutionize Disease Treatment

In his State of the Union address, just before the recent visit to India in January 2015, President Barack Obama articulated the need to develop “Precision Medicine” in his country – a bold, giant and perhaps unprecedented State initiative to … Continue reading

Humongous Pharma Corruption: China Ups The Ante…and India?

In the ‘pharma bribery’ related scandal in China, many postulated that the Chinese Government has cracked down selectively on Multinational Corporations (MNCs) to extend unfair business advantages for its local players. Media reports of September 2013 indicate that in all … Continue reading

New ‘Patient Compensation’ Norms on Clinical Trials in India: Overdue Action, Sharp Reaction and Ethical Issues

Responding to the damning stricture made by the Supreme Court on January 3, 2013, the Ministry of Health, as expected, by a gazette notification of January 30, 2013 has made the norms of compensation to patients participating in Clinical Trials … Continue reading

MCI asks Doctors to Prescribe Medicines in Generic Names

Last week, on January 21, 2013, in a circular addressed to the Dean/Principals of all the Medical Colleges, Director of all the hospitals and Presidents of all the State Medical Councils, the Medical Council of India (MCI) called upon the … Continue reading

Pharma industry requires striking a right balance between ethical obligations to shareholders and ethical obligations to patients

On September 15, 2012, while delivering his keynote address in a pharmaceutical industry function, Dr. Sam Pitroda, the Chicago based Indian, creator of the telecom revolution in India and the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information, Infrastructure & … Continue reading

“Pharmaceutical Marketing Malpractices are Barriers to Healthcare Access” – The Relevance of Government Code of Ethical Marketing Practices in India

Last week (July 19, 2012), most of the leading English business dailies of India reported that much-awaited “Uniform Code of Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices (UCPMP)” authored by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, quite in line with the amended guidelines for the Medical … Continue reading