On August 04, 2016, it was widely reported by the media that the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers – Mr. Anant Kumar, would launch a new digital initiative of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), named, “Search Medicine Price”, … Continue reading
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NCDs: Any Wolf Around, In Sheep’s Clothing?
Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), such as, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease, are now the leading cause of death in the world, accounting for 63 percent of annual deaths. Over 80 percent of NCDs occur in lower or middle … Continue reading
Drugs & Devices: Chasing Never-Enough Profit And Price Control
On July 20, 2016, the Union Ministry of Health of India announced the addition of Coronary Stents to the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) 2015 with immediate effect, bringing them under the Drug Price Control Order. Reacting sharply to … Continue reading
Arbitrary Pricing of Essential Drugs Invites State Intervention
Arbitrary drug pricing has now become a subject of a raging debate, all over the globe. It involves both patented and generic drugs, as we have recently witnessed in the largest pharma market in the world – the United States. … Continue reading
Is Drug Price Control The Key Growth Barrier For Indian Pharma Industry?
The corollary of the above headline could well be: “Are drug price hikes the key growth driver for the Indian Pharmaceutical Market (IPM)?” Whenever the first question, as appears in the headline of this article: “Is drug price control a … Continue reading
Drug Price Control in India: A Fresh Advocacy With Blunt Edges
It is no-brainer that the advocacy initiatives to influence the new Government doing away with the ‘Drug Price Control’ in India has re-started by flooring the gas pedal. A fresh invigorating effort, apparently a pretty expensive one, has been initiated … Continue reading
India’s Drug Pricing Policy: “Absurd, Unreasonable And Irrational” – Supreme Court
On July 15, 2015, while hearing a petition related to the current ‘Market Based Drug-Pricing Policy’ of the country, the Supreme Court of India expressed its bewilderment on the very rationality of the ‘National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy 2012’ and directed the … Continue reading
India To Expand NLEM 2011: A Step In The Right Direction
Responding to growing discontentment on the flawed National List of Essential Medicines 2011 (NLEM 2011) and equally vociferous demand for its urgent rectification, on May 5, 2015, in a written reply to the Lower House of Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) … Continue reading