Access to Medicines
Health Issues India has reported on access to medicines since it was first launched.
This collection brings together new and existing content from our team and those working to promote access to medicines in India, to explore the many, complex issues that need to be addressed. It marks the expected publication of the report of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines, in early summer 2016.
Over the past three years Hyderus, publisher of Health Issues India, has explored issues surrounding access to medicines in India with clients and colleagues. We have learnt a great deal about the issues surrounding access to medicines and the efforts being made to break down the barriers that stop people in India getting the treatment they need. Mark Chataway, Director of Hyderus and colleagues Nikhil Murali and Ajoy Bose discuss the findings of this research and its implications for access in India here.
This editorial presents the findings from Hyderus’ own research and examines the political and policy context for delivering better access to innovative medicines in India.
UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon announced the formation of a high level panel to examine issues surrounding global access to medicines in 2015. This UN High Level Panel is expected to report in June 2016.
India is facing a crisis in cancer care. Without a national cancer strategy patients are left without early diagnosis, effective treatment or adequate palliative care. As the number of new cancer cases is growing rapidly across India as its population ages, a crisis is looming unless the government takes steps to make comprehensive cancer treatment accessible to all.
With more than five per cent of India’s population suffering from lifestyle related type 2 diabetes and the incidence of diabetes expected to double in the next twenty years, a coherent, systematic and well planned multisectoral approach coupled with substantial central government investment in health services is desperately needed.
Sometimes you can’t do right for doing wrong. We take a look at a what commentators are saying about the case of Sovaldi, Gilead’s new hepatitis C antiviral and argue that Sovaldi is not a story of access denied, but access extended.
Corruption in the Medical Council of India, the governing body for medical education in India’s is blocking efforts to increase access to medicine. With capitation fees, not merit, determining medical school entry, graduating doctors of questionable competence move into the private sector. Private healthcare’s high fees attract graduates seeking to offset the substantial investment in their education. Public services remain poorly serviced and ongoing shortages of medical staff across the country limit access to healthcare most especially in poorer states. This report focuses on the issues.
Since 1999 Médecins Sans Frontières have campaigned for better access for lifesaving drugs. Sometimes controversial in its views on the pharmaceutical industry, MSF push for greater affordability for medicines, act as a watchdog on access to medicines throughout the world and help shape the medical research agenda to better meet global health needs.
In an industry that values innovation, intellectual property rights protect the processes needed to deliver safe and effective new medicines. Relaxing these essential protections in this high investment industry may ultimately hinder access and harm global health.
- Improving systems, investing in medicines
- Delivering medicines access for all in Tamil Nadu
- Essential medicines in Rajasthan
- Many paths to better access – The national picture
- The challenge of access in Uttar Pradesh
- Better public health, better access in Bihar
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- 3D printing India’s healthcare future
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