2015: Pharma Industry Achieved Some, Could Achieve Some More

Wish You And All Your Near And Dear Ones Peace, Happiness, Good Health And Prosperity in The Brand New Year 2016  The year 2015 witnessed several noteworthy developments in the pharma industry, just as many other years before. That said, … Continue reading

No More Payment for Prescriptions: Pharma at A Crossroads?

“ARE there different and more effective ways of operating than perhaps the ways we as an industry have been operating over the last 30, 40 years?” “TRY and make sure we stay in step with how the world is changing.” … Continue reading

Grant of Compulsory License for Bayer’s Nexavar in India raises more questions than answers

On March 12, 2012, the Patent Office of India, in its landmark ruling, granted its first ever Compulsory License (CL) for Bayer’s patented kidney and liver cancer drug Nexavar (Sorafenib), to the generic pharma player Natco, broadly citing the following … Continue reading

Maintaining Supply Chain Security in pharmaceuticals: The need is now more than ever before.

In today’s globalized economy maintaining Supply Chain Security (SCS), especially in the pharmaceutical sector across the world, is more critical than ever before. We have many instances of SCS being seriously breached, not only in the emerging pharmaceutical markets but … Continue reading

Restructure, reposition and empower the DoP to deliver more to the nation: Break the Silos

A news item on July 25, 2011 reported, “DoP (Department of Pharmaceuticals) moots National Authority for Drugs & Therapeutics (NADT) with Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) under it”. If I recall, some years ago, a Government of India (GoI) … Continue reading

Does China provide a more robust IPR environment than India?

Soon after the Product Patent Act was reintroduced in India effective January 1, 2005, a raging global debate commenced focusing on the robustness of the Indian Patent system. Quite often, many participants in the debate continue to compare the adequacies … Continue reading

Progress of the ‘Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)’ in India: a little to cheer, more to ponder

The world has just five more years to achieve the ‘Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)’. To accelerate progress of this unique United Nation’s initiative the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York … Continue reading

Challenges for the Pharmaceutical Industry in the new paradigm – there are more questions than answers

To get insight into the future challenges of the pharmaceutical industry in general ‘Complete Medical Group’of U.K recently conducted a study with a sizeable number of senior participants from the pharmaceutical companies of various sizes and involving many countries. The … Continue reading