How Cost-Effective Are New Cancer Drugs?

The main reason why cancer is so serious a disease, is the ability of the malignant cells to spread in the body, both locally by moving into nearby normal tissue, and regionally to nearby lymph nodes, tissues, or organs, affecting even … Continue reading

Unsustainable New Cancer Drug Prices: Resolution Remains A Far Cry

Prices of new drugs for the treatment of life-threatening ailments, such as cancer, are increasingly becoming unsustainable, across the world, and more in India. As articulated by the American Society of Clinical Oncology in 2014, this is primarily due to … Continue reading

Pharma & Healthcare: Where The Healers Turn Looters?

Two news reports of the last week, though no longer shocking, made me think exactly the same way as the headline of this article epitomizes. These reports are not just two isolated instances, but an integral part of a similar … Continue reading

Alarming Incidence of Cancer: Fragile Infrastructure: Escalating Drug Prices

According to the ‘Fact-Sheet 2014′ of the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer cases would rise from 14 million in 2012 to 22 million within the next two decades. It is, therefore, no wonder that cancers figured among the leading causes … Continue reading

Astronomical Prices of Patented Cancer Drugs: A Solution in Sight?

Astronomical prices of patented anti-cancer dugs have become a subject of great concern not just in India. It is becoming an issue across the world. After issuing the first ever Compulsory License (CL) for Nexavar of Bayer in India, the … Continue reading

The ‘TINA Factor’: A Hotspot for Patented Drugs

An article published in a global business magazine on December 5, 2013 mentioned that Marijn Dekkers, the CEO of Bayer AG reportedly has said at the Financial Times Global Pharmaceutical & Biotech Conference held this month that: “Bayer didn’t develop its cancer drug, Nexavar (sorafenib) for … Continue reading

Patent Conundrum: Ignoring India Will Just Not be Foolhardy, Not An Option Either

The recent verdict of the Supreme Court against Novartis, upholding the decision of the Indian Patent Office (IPO) against grant of patent to their cancer drug Glivec, based on Section 3(d) of the Indian Patents Act, has caused a flutter … Continue reading

The Game Changers in 2012 and A Crystal Gazing into 2013

Wish You and Your Dear Ones Best of Health, Happiness, Success and Prosperity in The Brand New Year. Welcome 2013  The Global Pharmaceutical Industry (GPI), by and large, used to be considered as ‘recession-proof’ for various valid reasons. However, the … Continue reading