Should India allow use of Compulsory License as a common tool to improve access to medicines?

Compulsory License (CL) is generally considered a very important provision in the Patent Act of a country to protect public health interest not only by the governments, but also by a large number of experts across the globe and the … Continue reading

Encourage vaccine research and improve its access to demonstrate ‘prevention is better than cure’

Vaccines are one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions, which help preventing over 2 million deaths every year. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines vaccines as: “A vaccine is any preparation intended to produce immunity to a … Continue reading

e-healthcare: A new vista to improve access to quality and affordable healthcare in India

The concept of e-healthcare started germinating in India since 1999, when the ‘Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)’ initiated its pioneering step towards telemedicine in the country by deploying a SATCOM-based telemedicine network. This network is currently playing a key role … Continue reading

The concept of ‘Value Based Pricing (VBP)’ gaining ground to reduce cost of healthcare and improve access…but India is quite different

So far as the pharmaceutical pricing and increasing access to healthcare are concerned, year 2010 perhaps will be remembered as one of the very significant years, at least, in the recent times. In this year with new healthcare reform, President … Continue reading

Prescribing 10 steps for comprehensive Healthcare Reforms in India

Recently President Barack Obama, by enacting historic healthcare reform legislation, fulfilled his election campaign pledge to provide healthcare to all in the United States of America. This piece of legislation will provide health insurance benefits to another around 34 million … Continue reading

Exploring a new ‘Business Model’ to improve access to healthcare in rural India with the industry participation

Rural India – the home of around 72% of 1.12 billion population of India is undergoing a metamorphosis, as it were. Disposable income of this population is slowly but steadily rising, as evidenced by rapid market penetration of the ‘Fast … Continue reading

Innovative Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Healthcare Financing is the way forward to improve ‘Affordability’ and ‘Access’ to Healthcare’ in India

Despite various measures taken by the Government of India (GoI), around 65% of the population do not have access to modern medicines in the country. Such medicines do not include treatment just for ‘Tropical Diseases’ like, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Filariasis or … Continue reading

Recent efforts to improve the functioning of the WIPO-administered Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is a welcome step for the interest of India.

As the third largest user among developing countries of the PCT system, India has a particular interest in ensuring that the PCT system supports its innovators and exporters in the most efficient manner possible. What does PCT system do? The … Continue reading