Quantum Value Addition With Health Apps, Going Beyond Drugs

Besides all important brand attributes and how well those are communicated to the doctors, the ‘game winning’ differentiating factors in the prescription drug business, as it appears today, would revolve around overall quality of patient-centric approach and offerings of pharma … Continue reading

The R&D Factor: “One of the Great Myths of the Industry”

Yes, that is what the global CEO of one of the Pharmaceutical giants of the world commented in a very recent interview with Reuters. Adding further to this comment he said, “US $1 billion price tag for R&D was an … Continue reading

Obama Wins: ‘Obamacare’ stays on course… and what it means to India?

Re-election of President Barrack Obama for another four year term, no doubt, sends a clear signal to all concerned that full implementation of the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ of America, which is also known to many as ‘Obamacare’, … 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

Dissapointing: No proposal of ‘Healthcare Reform’ in the Union Budget of India for 2011-12: China rolled it out in 2009.

January 15, 2011 issue of ‘The Lancet’ in an article titled, “Learning from others” states the following: “Having universal coverage through a public commitment does have costs, including public costs. The proportion of national expenditure on health that is met … Continue reading

Prescribing medicines by generic names…a good intent… but is it a practical proposition in India?

Parliamentary Standing Committee for Health and Family Welfare in their recommendation to the ‘Rajya Sabha’ of the Indian Parliament on August 4, 2010, recommended prescription of medicines by their generic names. This recommendation appears to be based on the premises … Continue reading

The ‘Climate Change’ and its impact on ‘Public health’: is there anything in it that we can do ourselves?

The Lancet in its December 5, 12 and 19, 2009 issues published the following interesting studies:A. Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: household energy B. Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: urban land transport … Continue reading

Indian Patent offices (IPOs) have started showing improvement in their functioning; still lot of grounds to cover.

Indian Patent offices are located, with four clearly specified jurisdictions, at New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. Since last few years enough efforts have been made towards overall capacity building initiatives, training of personnel and digitalizing the huge databank of … Continue reading