Pharma To Facilitate Self-Managing Chronic Diseases For Better Outcomes?

“India’s burden of non-communicable disease (NCD) is escalating, but still the country does not have sufficiently detailed data on NCDs for research and policy purposes.” This was captured in a recent study, titled “India’s escalating burden of non-communicable diseases,” published in The Lancet Global Health on … Continue reading

Big Pharma Demands Transparency, Keeping their ‘Black-Boxes’ Tight and Safe?

Pharmaceutical Industry across the globe wants absolute transparency in all government laws, policies, guidelines, transactions and overall governance. They also expect the trade environment should be predictable, non-manipulative and business-friendly. These expectations are indeed well justified and deserve whole-hearted support … Continue reading

Does India need an equivalent of ‘The Physician Payment Sunshine Act’ of the US for transparency in pharmaceutical marketing?

Currently a strong and palpable public sentiment against corruption has engulfed India albeit more than what we witness in movements like ‘Occupy Wall Street’ against systemic corruption not only in the US but in a large number of cities across … 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

Regulatory Data Protection (RDP) and its need in India: The Myth versus Reality

THE MYTH: An attempt to delay the launch of Indian generics: Some in India feel that Regulatory Data Protection (RDP), is a deliberate attempt by the innovator companies to delay the launch of the generic equivalent of patented products in … Continue reading

Regulatory Data Protection (RDP) and its need in India: The Myth versus Reality

THE MYTH: An attempt to delay the launch of Indian generics: Some in India feel that Regulatory Data Protection (RDP), is a deliberate attempt by the innovator companies to delay the launch of the generic equivalent of patented products in … Continue reading

For greater transparency in the relationship between physicians and the pharmaceutical companies, does India need an Act like, proposed ‘The Physician Payment Sunshine Act’ of the USA?

As we discussed earlier, to make the pharmaceutical companies disclose and report various types of payments made to the physicians, two Senators of the United States of America, Chuck Grassley and Herb Kohl introduced a bill called ‘The Physician Payment … Continue reading

Provision for Compulsory Licensing (CL) in India – some issues still need to be addressed.

Patent law systems provide for a provision for granting of compulsory licenses in a number of circumstances. Article 5A(2) of The Paris Convention, 1883 indicates that each contracting State may take legislative measures for the grant of compulsory licenses and … Continue reading