Healthcare in India And Hierarchy of Needs

“Russia and India climb World Bank’s Doing Business rankings”, was a headline in the Financial Times on October 31, 2017. India jumped 30 places – from 130 out of 190. Almost instantly, the domestic media flashed it all across the … Continue reading

Wide Gap Between Health Care Needs, And Delivery: Is The Bridge Still Too Far?

“Health inequities which abound in India must be corrected through investments in a robust primary health care system,” said Professor K Srinath Reddy, chairman, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), not too long ago. The equity gap between health care … Continue reading

“Meeting Unmet Needs of Patients”: A New Direction

The much-hyped phrase of the global pharma majors – ‘meeting unmet needs of patients’, is very often used to create an aura around newer patented drugs of all kinds, from original to banal, including evergreen varieties such as: Evergreen Drug/Brand … Continue reading

Supreme Court Intervened…But ‘Price Control’ needs striking a right balance between ‘Affordability’ and ‘Availability’ of medicines for Patients’ Sake

On October 3, 2012, the Supreme Court bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice SJ Mukhopadhayareportedly asked the government not to disturb the existing price control mechanism while including all medicines featuring  in the National List of Essential Medicines 2011 (NLEM … Continue reading

Healthcare Tourism: India needs to step on the gas

Healthcare Tourism or Medical Tourism are the terminologies initially coined by the travel agents and the media when patients travel outside their national boundaries to seek either more specialized and/or cheaper but high quality healthcare available in other countries. World … Continue reading

India needs ‘Orphan Drugs Act (ODA)’ to counter growing threat of dreaded rare diseases and simultaneously boost global growth potential of the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry

An orphan disease is a rare and uncommon disease and an ‘Orphan Drug’ is a pharmaceutical substance that has been developed to treat an orphan disease. The US FDA defines a rare disease, with a prevalence of 1 in 5,000 … Continue reading

Leverage the potential of ‘Telemedicine’ to effectively address the healthcare needs of India

The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined telemedicine as follows: “The delivery of healthcare services, where distance is a critical factor, by all healthcare professionals using information and communication technologies for the exchange of valid information for diagnosis, treatment and … Continue reading

National Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) prevention program of the government needs a new thrust to contain the burden of disease in India.

The disease pattern in India is showing a perceptible shift from the age old ‘Infectious Diseases’ to ‘Non-infectious Chronic Illnesses’. As reported by IMS, incidence of chronic ailments in India has increased from 23 percent in 2005 to 26 percent … Continue reading