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

Small Steps, yet Giant Leaps: In Pursuit of Affordable Medicines for All

Since last few years, some small yet very significant steps are being taken, mostly by the respective Governments, in and outside India, to provide affordable healthcare in general and affordable medicines in particular, for all. It is well recognized that … Continue reading

‘Free Essential Medicines for All’ – A Laudable Public Healthcare Initiative of India, Tough Challenges Notwithstanding

Recently the Government of India has taken a landmark ‘Public Healthcare’ related initiative to provide unbranded generic formulations of all essential drugs, featuring in the ‘National List of Essential Medicines 2011’, free of cost to all patients from the public … Continue reading

State funded ‘Universal Healthcare’ in India: A laudable initiative of the Government

January 11, 2011 edition of ‘The Lancet’, in the article authored by Prof. K. Srinath Reddy et al titled, “Towards achievement of universal health care in India by 2020: a call to action”, proposed creation of an Integrated National Health … Continue reading

The First Pharmaceuticals Census of India – a commendable initiative by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)

Currently there is indeed a crying need for the pharmaceutical industry to generate a robust data base to formulate not only various healthcare related policies, but also to measure the level of their effective implementation. In the absence of such … Continue reading

Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) initiative for the tropical diseases by CSIR and cancer by GlaxoSmithKline deserves a big applaud and support from all concerned.

As the name suggest the ‘Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD)’ is an open source code model of discovering a New Chemical Entity (NCE) or a New Molecular Entity (NME). In this model all data generated related to the discovery research will be … 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