Draft Pharma Policy 2017 And Branded Generics

In its first reading, the 18-page draft Pharma Policy, 2017 gives me a sense that the Government has followed the much-desired principle of ‘walk the talk’, especially in some key areas. One such space is what Prime Minister Modi distinctly … Continue reading

Is The Department of Pharmaceuticals On The Same Page As The Prime Minister?

“The open secret is that pharmaceutical companies throw all manners of inducements on doctors to prescribe their medicines. The victim of their misdemeanors is the unsuspecting patient. Mr. Modi clearly wants to break this self-serving chain” – highlighted a media … Continue reading

Prescriptions in Generic Names Be Made A Must in India?

Would prescriptions in generic names be made a must in India? Yes, that’s what Prime Minister Modi distinctly hinted at on April 17, 2017, during the inauguration function of a charitable hospital in Surat. To facilitate this process, his government … Continue reading

‘Indian Drug Control World’s Weakest: Pharma Trade Bodies Working At Cross Purposes’

“In the entire world, I think our drug control system probably is the weakest today. It needs to be strengthened,” said the Secretary of the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) – V K Subburaj at an event in New-Delhi on April … Continue reading

Worsening Health Effect Of Climate Change In India: A Perspective

At present, out of the top five most pressing global and local environmental challenges, ‘Climate Change’ features at the top. It has been broadly defined as, “a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from … Continue reading

Heath Care: My Expectations From The Union Budget (2016-17)

India Celebrated its ‘Constitution Day’ on November 26 this year, as the Constitution of the country was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949, which came into force on January 26,1950.  On November 27, 2015, while addressing the … Continue reading

Data Manipulation: Leapfrogging Dangerously Into Clinical Trial Domain

Over the last several years, repeated allegations of gross data manipulative practices, detected by global drug regulatory agencies, such as USFDA and MHRA, have shaken the Indian pharma exporting companies hard. This has been hurting the overall business performance of … Continue reading

Indian Patents Act To Prevail Undiluted…Finally

Curiously enough, what a little birdie told me just a couple of weeks ago, very similar to that I read in various media reports even less than a week later. It was related to a somewhat trepidatious national policy in the making on … Continue reading