MCI has been dissolved but the guidelines to doctors must remain, carefully sanitizing the ambiguities within the process

The recent developments within the MCI are indeed very disturbing and were definitely avoidable, if appropriate checks and balances were in place within the system. Even after the immediate ‘damage control measures’ by the Government, I reckon, the stigma on … Continue reading

To restore patients’ confidence MCI has amended its regulations… to strengthen it further will the government consider an Indian version of ‘Physician Payment Sunshine Act’?

In today’s India, blatant commercialization of the noble healthcare services has reached its nadir, as it were, sacrificing the ethics and etiquettes both in medical and pharmaceutical marketing practices at the altar of unlimited greed. As a result of fast … Continue reading

China has recently unfolded the blueprints of its new healthcare reform measures, when will India do so?

Early April, 2009, China, a country with 1.3 billion people, unfolded a plan for a new healthcare reform process for the next decade to provide safe, effective, convenient and affordable healthcare services to all its citizens. A budgetary allocation of … Continue reading

Innovative use of the new-age ‘Social cyber-media’ as a pharmaceutical marketing tool has the potential to open a goldmine of opportunities.

The new-age marketing tool: With more and more doctors not giving adequate time and even showing reluctance to meet the medical representatives and the important hospitals following suit, the global pharmaceutical companies are now in search of new marketing tools. … Continue reading

Allegation of ‘Marketing Malpractices’ in the pharmaceutical Industry of India has assumed a huge proportion– who will ‘bell the cat’?

Sometime back, in its January – March, 2004 issue, ‘Indian Journal of Medical Ethics’ (IJME)in context of marketing practices for ethical pharmaceutical products in India commented:“If the one who decides, does not pay and the one who pays, does not … Continue reading

National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), a much hyped public healthcare initiative – has it delivered since its inception in 2005?

National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), a very ambitious and noble initiative for the rural population of India was launched by the Government of India on April 12, 2005. The interim budget allocation of NRHM for the year 2009–10 has been … Continue reading