The government will seek to make legal arrangements to prevent doctors exclusively prescribing expensive, brand name medications said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at the inauguration of a hospital in Surat on April 17. The new law would govern the way in which prescriptions are written. Currently a doctor may prescribe a brand name … [Read more...] about Legally obliging doctors to prescribe generics
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Multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is to spike in India over the next twenty years, predicts a recent study published in The Lancet. The news puts the World Health Organization’s End TB strategy at risk of failure. It also jeopardises the pledge of the Indian government to end TB in the country by 2025. Unless something is done about … [Read more...] about Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis to spike in India
The Indian government is planning to launch a “wellness and medical tourism policy” to mark International Yoga Day on June 21st, says Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister for Tourism & Culture. The policy intends to build upon the success of India’s now thriving medical tourism industry. The key focus of the policy is to further advertise the services … [Read more...] about Digitising medical tourism, a continued success story
India’s annual maternal mortality rate (MMR) is 45,000 deaths every year. This equates to 5 deaths every hour. One way of reducing the number of deaths is better access to contraception. India’s MMR fell from 212 deaths per 100,000 live births between 2007-09 to 167 deaths per 100,000 live births between 2011 and 2013 - a reduction of 21 … [Read more...] about Reducing maternal mortality through access to contraception
An end to HIV/AIDS discrimination? A ‘historic’ bill has been passed in the Indian Parliament, making it illegal to discriminate against those with HIV/AIDS. The HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill was first tabled in 2014 and received the Indian cabinet’s seal of approval last year, before being introduced during the 2016 winter … [Read more...] about “Historic” HIV/AIDS law passed in Parliament
The mental health care bill proposed in 2016 has been passed through parliament. The bill has a number of key aims. Foremost amongst these are the decriminalisation of suicide and the provision of free government provided mental health care for the homeless and poor. The bill will be “patient centric” and to “compel the state to have a mental … [Read more...] about Mental healthcare bill passed through Parliament
Sickle cell disease (SCD) in endemic in Chhattisgarh, a new survey reveals. Carried out between 2008 and 2016 by the State Health Resource Centre in Raipur, the survey found that ten percent of children born in Chhattisgarh are born with SCD, which affects a tenth of the state’s 27.9 million-strong population. Especially worrisome is the … [Read more...] about Sickle cell disease endemic in Chhattisgarh
"Bucking the trend" India’s drug market is starting to show signs of improvement after a rough few months, with everything from demonetisation to Donald Trump taking its toll. However, the future remains very much unclear. Demonetisation The Indian pharmaceutical market (IPM) is “bucking the trend of a sequential decline” according to … [Read more...] about Bucking the trend: Is India’s drug market back on the up?
India still houses 24 percent of the world’s tuberculosis (TB) affected population. This figure has recently come back into the public mind on World TB Day, observed annually on March 24th. India has more tuberculosis patients than any other country in the world, with 480,000 to 500,000 Indians dying of the disease yearly. In an exclusive … [Read more...] about India houses 24 percent of the world’s tuberculosis patients
The home healthcare industry is on the rise in India - and it has the capital to prove it. But is it a safe bet for patients as well as investors? Increased interest from investors Home healthcare services are witnessing increased interest from investors, says The Hindu Business Line. It puts this down to “a rise in chronic illness, coupled with … [Read more...] about Healthcare goes domestic – but is it a home run for patients?