India’s health sector and medical industry may see negative effects in the future stemming from an over reliance on imports of medicine and raw materials from China, claims the Indian Pharmaceutical Congress Association (IPCA), the apex organisation for Indian pharmacists. However, these Chinese raw materials are used in medicines destined for … [Read more...] about Indian pharma saves high-quality APIs for the first world. Indians get cheap Chinese imports.
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Indian patients get just two minutes with their doctor on average. India falls far short of the majority of nations when it comes to the length of time a patient can expect to spend with a doctor. An appointment with a doctor at the primary care level was found to average out at around 2 minutes finds a study published in the British Medical … [Read more...] about Average doctor appointment just two minutes long
Controversy continues over the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine used to prevent cervical cancer in women. Reports suggest India’s health ministry will not include it under the country’s universal immunisation programme (UIP). Estimates suggest 1 in 53 women in India will develop cervical cancer in their lifetime. It is believed 423.2 million … [Read more...] about Controversy continues over HPV vaccine and cervical cancer
India takes a defiant stance against patent laws proposed by the Regional Cooperation on Economic Partnership (RCEP) that could see it lose its trading advantage as the “pharmacy of the developing world”. Hundreds of Indian officials have taken part in RCEP negotiations in South Korea in late October. The negotiations covered a potential free … [Read more...] about India defies RCEP opposition to generics
President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte is keen to capitalise on India’s generic medicines industry. Biateral talks occurred last month between Duterte and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Philippine International Convention Centre in Pasay City. During the talks, Duterte noted the potential of India’s pharmaceutical industry to expand … [Read more...] about India to become the pharmacy of the Philippines?
The following is taken from an article originally published in The Wire. It has been reprinted here with permission from the author. The original can be accessed here. New Delhi: Xtandi is a life-prolonging cancer drug and sells at about Rs 2.7 lakh for a month’s course in India – that’s for four tablets daily. It works for patients with … [Read more...] about From The Wire: How the University of California is fighting proxy patent battle for expensive cancer drug in India
In the wake of the Gorakpur tragedy, it has been revealed that medical oxygen has seen a tax increase. Medical oxygen has seen its tax rate rise to 18 percent under the recently updated Goods and Services Tax (GST) which fixed the cost of most life saving medicines at a lower rate of five percent tax. This is being described as anomalous, as … [Read more...] about Medical oxygen sees tax increase
Ashwini Choubey, a health minister from Bihar, has accused Bihari patients of overcrowding the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi - and says doctors should turn them away. A ‘BJP veteran’ appointed in September, Choubey has been roundly criticised for remarks allegedly made at the launch of Mission Idradhanush, an … [Read more...] about Health minister Choubey tells AIIMS doctors to turn Bihar patients away
The Indian government will open 49 new cancer centres throughout the next three years. "A major medical development" The initiative - called“a major medical development" by NDTV - will be implemented under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS). The NPCDCS has already seen … [Read more...] about India to get 49 new cancer centres in next 3 years
An ambitious universal healthcare scheme has been approved by the Karnataka state government. Rollout begins November 1, coinciding with the anniversary of the state’s foundation. The Rs 869 crore (US$135.85 million) initiative is expected to provide healthcare at free or heavily subsidised levels to the entire state. It will combine seven … [Read more...] about Universal healthcare: Coming soon to Karnataka