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Road To Cheaper Drugs

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 in Pharma, Pharma Views | 0 comments

Natco Pharma’s Strategy Of Invoking Compulsory Licensing Clause Could Be A Game-Changer For The Generics Industry The government’s decision to bust the price as well as monopoly of Bayer’s anti-cancer drug, through the process of compulsory licensing now opens up the field for the generic industry to follow suit and could well pave the way for the availability of cheaper drugs for lifestyle diseases. More generic companies could invoke the compulsory licensing clause of the Indian Patents Act, following Monday’s decision to allow Natco Pharma to sell copycat drugs of Bayer’s patented cancer drug at 97% reduction. The landmark judgment by the Indian Patent...

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Med device makers eye bottom of pyramid

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 in Pharma Views | 0 comments

Consumer goods companies have already found their pot of gold at the bottom of the pyramid. Now, its the turn of medical technology and device manufacturers to chase that rainbow as they reach out to the segment with low-cost innovations, specifically developed and manufactured in India. Since the rural markets and under-penetrated semiurban markets continue to hold a promise, healthcare companies are introducing devices ranging from low-cost cath labs to screening device for cardio-vascular diseases suited for use in such settings. Much of the trend has been driven by the fact that accessing healthcare is a challenge in the country, particularly for the low...

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Is government new drug pricing formula beneficial to the common people?

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 in Pharma Views | 0 comments

While on the one hand, government, though after being pushed by various organisations, put 348 essential drugs under price control, it seems the ever so strong pharma lobby prevailed on the government to tweak the rules of new pricing formula for new drugs, which is decidely in favour of the industry and to the detriment of the common people In the new proposed policy for the drugs under price control, the pricing formula mentioned is the “average of the price of the top three selling drugs”. Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) submitted the same in the apex court, while professing that the government is committed to bring all 348 drugs included in the...

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Healthcare in Need of Treatment

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 in Pharma Views | 0 comments

Drug pricing by manufacturers and hospital retailers exploits the consumer The common man continues to be pummelled by the more unscrupulous players of the banking, insurance, real estate and other sectors, and by less vigilant regulators. Another sector that can be added to this list is the health-pharmaceutical sector combine. The heartlessness of hospitals has been all too evident in recent years. Thanks to ‘modern’ hospitals, General Practitioners have all but disappeared from our lives, and even for an uneasy stomach, we are constrained to visit these hospitals and pay through our nose. When two tests would suffice, six are recommended, as each test is...

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Heart attack between 1 & 5 am deadliest

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 in Pharma Views | 0 comments

Study Reveals Brain Releases Hormones During Sleep Which Put Strain On The Organ Scientific studies have revealed that heart attacks are worst when they take place between 1 am and 5 am. Researchers say the size of the heart attack and the subsequent left-ventricular function is significantly different based on the time of the attack. A study on humans, published online in the reputed journal “Circulation Research”, says “the greatest amount of injury to the heart occurs when individuals have a heart attack between 1 am and 5 am”. Indian doctors agreed. Dr Ramakant Panda, cardiac surgeon at Asian Heart Institute, said, “There are different phases of sleep....

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Turn A Screw To Change Your Glasses

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 in Pharma Views | 0 comments

Adjustable eyeglasses are set to revolutionise the world of vision care. Here’s a head-turning, new look at eyeglasses. No more rushing off to the optician for a new pair when the lens power changes. Simply readjust to the new power needs of your eyes by turning screws on the side. Much like you use and share binoculars, and adjust the focus by turning a screw in the middle, the adjustable eyeglasses will revolutionise vision care since the first pair of glasses were made in Italy more than 800 years ago. In case your eyeglasses break or you forget them at home, you will be able to buy a new pair from a neighbourhood store. Oxford, UK-based Adlens, the company...

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