‘Digiceuticals’: A Force Multiplier to Contain Chronic Diseases

There is a growing need for more effective prevention, treatment or management of many serious Noninfectious Chronic Diseases (NCDs), with greater safety and at a lesser cost. As a major step in this direction, ‘digiceuticals’ or ‘digital therapeutics’ are now … Continue reading

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

Dry New Antibiotic Pipeline: Increasing Incidence Of Deadly Antibiotic Resistance

On January 13, 2017, ‘The Telegraph’ quoting the ‘Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’ reported that a woman in Nevada was killed by a superbug that proved resistant to every antibiotic available in the United States (US). She was in her … Continue reading

Mental Health Problem: A Growing Concern In The Healthcare Space Of India

A thud! Something fell from high above! In no time, a bright young life of just a 32-year-old highly accomplished professional – a widely admired soul, vanished in the thin year, for good, mostly unnoticed in the quiet neighborhood, initially. … 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

Reticence Around Unveiling Clinical Trials

While scanning through various publications, we now get to know, almost at regular intervals, about new clinical trials capturing the newer ways of treating different ailments. Such information instils an invigorating hope in the minds of doctors and the patients … Continue reading

An Evolving Paradigm of ‘Price-Value Model’ Of Pharma Value Delivery System

May 4, 2016 edition of the ‘MIT Technology Review’ published an interesting article carrying the headline, “The World’s Most Expensive Medicine Is a Bust”. The obvious question that floats at the top of mind: What is this most expensive drug … 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