SCM: Embracing Technology For Patients’ Safety

Supply Chain Management (SCM) in the pharma industry is generally perceived as a logistic function, just in most other industries, involving the distribution of medicines from manufacturing plants, right up to pharma distributors. Thereafter, it becomes the responsibility of the … Continue reading

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

Escalating Antibiotic Resistance, And Thwarting Ban Of Irrational FDCs

September 2016 ‘Fact Sheet’ of the World Health Organization (W.H.O) raised a red flag on fast increasing incidence of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). It poses a serious threat to global public health, more than ever before. Consequently, effective prevention and treatment … Continue reading

Counterfeit Drugs In India: A Malady Much Deeper

Many debates and discussions continue being lined up in India almost regularly, generally by the pharma trade associations, besides a few others, on the issue of counterfeit drugs. A good number of these events are sponsored by the global and … Continue reading

An Emerging Yo-Yo Syndrome With Biosimilar Drugs

Competition from Biosimilar drugs poses a threat of a combined revenue loss of estimated US$ 110 billion of those pharma players who are still enjoying market monopoly with patented biologic brands. This is expected to surely happen, in the long … Continue reading

For Drug Safety Concern: “Whistleblower’s Intention Should Be Nationalistic”

In the recent weeks, three significant developments related to the Pharmaceutical Industry in India, have triggered rejuvenated concerns in the following critical areas:  A. Overall drug safety standards in the country B.  Self serving interest, rather than patients’ interest, dominate … 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