Improving Patient Access To Biosimilar Drugs: Two Key Barriers

Novel biologic medicines have unlocked a new frontier offering more effective treatment for a host of chronic and life-threatening diseases, such as varieties of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, to name just a few. However, these drugs being hugely expensive, … Continue reading

Managing Pharma Investors’ Expectations When The Chips Are Down

Triggered by several critical factors, over a relatively short period of time, a downward spiral is visible with most Indian Pharma stocks, with a significant erosion in market capitalization of many large players in the country. A set of important … Continue reading

PE Investment In Pharma: The Changing Need Of Due Diligence

From an international perspective, a Bain & Company report of April 2016 highlighted setting a new healthcare M&A record in the year 2015. During this year the total deal value was over 2.5 times higher than the average annual deal value … Continue reading

Biosimilar Drugs: First Indian Foot Print In An Uncharted Frontier

A homegrown Indian biologic manufacturer is now about to leave behind its first foot-print, with a ‘made in India’ biosimilar drug, in one of the largest pharma market of the world. This was indeed an uncharted frontier, and a dream … Continue reading

Democratization of Healthcare: An Evolving Trend Driven By Cutting-Edge Technology

We have stepped on to a fascinating era of yet another disruptive innovation in a newly carved out space of the healthcare domain. Such initiatives are driven by path breaking ideas, which are being translated into reality with the application … Continue reading

The Curious Conundrum of New Drugs Approval Process

Fathoming the details of just a short span of time, not going beyond the last 10 years, I find from the published data that many new drugs, such as, Alatrofloxacin, Aprotinin, Drotrecogin alfa, Lumiracoxib, Propoxyphene, Rofecoxib, Rosiglitazone, Sibutramine, Tegaserod, Tetrazepam, were … Continue reading

Nutraceuticals: A Major Regulatory Step That Was Long Overdue

Currently in India the nutraceutical products segment, with surrogate or off-label therapeutic claims, is growing at a reasonable pace. Many such products are now being directly promoted to the medical profession, just like any other modern medicines, with therapeutic claims … Continue reading

‘Data Protection’: Needs A Clear Direction…But Is It An IPR Issue?

The terminologies ‘Data Exclusivity’ and ‘Data Protection’ are quite often used interchangeably by many, creating a great deal of confusion on the subject. However, in a true sense these are quite different issues having critical impact on public health interest … Continue reading