Drug Price Control And National Health Security

‘Without Providing Affordable Medicines, There Can’t be Health Security’, said the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers of India, as reported on September 22, 2017. Although, the Minister made this remark while discussing Government price control on cardiac stents in … Continue reading

Patient Services: No Longer An Optional Competitive Driver

The emerging global trend of patients’ demand for greater engagement in their treatment decision making process, could well be a game changer in the prescription demand generation process for pharma brands, even in India, and in not too distant future. … Continue reading

Leveraging 3D Printing In Pharma, For Cost Containment And Patient-Centricity

Today, although a number of new and state of the art drugs is regularly being developed, and brought to the market at a reasonably rapid pace, their access to the majority of the global population has still remained a huge … Continue reading

Health Care: “India Has Moved From Strength To Strength!”

The above flabbergasting assertion came recently from the Union Government of India in context of current health care system in the country.  To be specific, this proclamation of the Ministry of Health was reportedly made at its ‘point by point … Continue reading

‘Repurposing’ Older Drugs: Has The Process Started Rolling?

On October 22, 2015, BBC News reported, “The world’s largest clinical trial to examine whether aspirin can prevent cancers returning has begun in the United Kingdom (UK).” About 11,000 people, who have had early bowel, breast, prostate, stomach and esophageal cancer … 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

Just 16% Of Indian Population Has Access To Free Or Partially-Free Health Care?

Is health care currently a low priority area for the Government of India? Probably yes, and thus it is worth trying to fathom it out. Besides planned frugal spending on overall public health in 2015-16, even as compared to the past … Continue reading

India’s China Dependence On API: A Time To Think ‘Outside The Box’

The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has declared the Year 2015 as the Year of ‘Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API)’. Following it up on February 25, 2015, the Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers Ananth Kumar assured the Pharmaceutical Industry that appropriate … Continue reading