To avoid “Heparin” like tragedy in future, a robust “supply chain integrity and security” system is of critical importance

Globally the pharmaceutical industry is going through a metamorphosis. The types of changes that are taking place today globally, perhaps has no precedence.. The key drivers of these changes are mainly the following: 1. A large number of patent expiration … Continue reading

India urgently needs a total overhaul and reform of its public healthcare system with a holistic approach – NRHM and RSBY are laudable initiatives.

Over a period of time India had made significant improvement in various critical health indicators despite frugal public health spending by the government, which is just around 1 percent of GDP of the country. Such a low government spend towards … Continue reading

Centralization of the system of issuing ‘Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product’ (CoPP) by the DCGI is a welcome step.

The ‘Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product’(CoPP), which is valid for two years, is issued by the drug regulatory authorities to a particular pharmaceutical product. CoPP is accepted as a proof of international quality by Latin America, Africa, CIS and other developing … Continue reading

A brief history of the Indian Patent System from Indian Pharmaceutical Industry perspective, the concerns and opportunities.

Although a comprehensive Act on Patents and Designs allowing product patents of drugs came into force in India in 1911, the first Patents Act of India was enacted in 1856.This Act gave a head start to the global pharmaceutical companies … Continue reading

Is the world now moving towards ‘Global Patent’ system?

A brief background: In June 19, 1970 an International patent law treaty was signed in Washington, initially with 18 contracting states. This treaty is called ‘The Patent Co-operation Treaty’ (PCT), which came into force on January 24, 1978 and was … Continue reading

Simmering discontentment in the functioning of the Indian Patent Office (IPO) – urgent need to tighten the ‘loose knots’ in the system.

Indian Patent office (IPO) though is headquartered at Kolkata, because of some unknown reason, the office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM)is located in Mumbai with other two offices at New Delhi and Chennai. Moreover, … Continue reading