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TB treatment and the spread of drug resistant TB in India

India holds a disproportionate percentage of the world’s new cases, and deaths associated with tuberculosis (TB). In 2015 India accounted for 2.8 million cases of the world’s total 8 million, with a similar percentage of deaths associated with the disease — 480,000 of a total of roughly 2 million. Despite attempts in the past few …

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Private hospitals exempt from payments of old notes following demonetisation

The Indian government recently introduced measures to reduce black money, or the accumulated, unaccountable wealth hoarded for reasons such as tax evasion. To this end the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes have been declared to no longer be legal tender. The sudden implementation of this strategy has been called into question, the aftermath …

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HIV law shifts focus from treatment to prevention

The HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) bill, tabled in 2014 in the Rajya Sabha regarding the rights of those testing positive for HIV is due to be introduced during the ongoing winter session this year. Approved by the cabinet last month, this bill aims to end discrimination against the estimated 2.1 million citizens living with …

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Telemedicine – a lifeline for rural India?

Health Issues India has written at length about the many inadequacies of India’s healthcare system. They are perhaps most aptly summarised by Forbes, writing “In India, public health care is free, yet years of under-investment in public health means that facilities are also grossly understaffed and under-equipped. The country also has a massive resource gap …

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Rotavac divides experts’ opinion over effectiveness

The Rotavirus, named due to its wheel like structure, is the most common cause of diarrheal related deaths amongst children in developing countries. India is no exception to this, accounting for 22 percent of all rotavirus related deaths (~100,000 of the global 453,000). The disease can be lethal in children under the age of 5. …

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India at risk of a public health crisis amidst tensions with Pakistan and China

Tensions between India and Pakistan could have a knock-on effect on India’s relationship with China – potentially spelling disaster for India’s pharmaceutical industry. The relationship between India and Pakistan had shown some signs of improvement since the beginning of the decade. Last year, Nerandra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Pakistan since …

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Intellectual Property Rights policy may hinder drug access

India’s National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy, reported in the Hindu’s business pages earlier in May, could pose a “serious” hurdle to allowing access to affordable drugs, according to experts.The policy has left the country’s patent laws intact and specifically did not open up Section 3(d) of the Patents Act for reinterpretation, the clause which …

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Lower prices or better infrastructure?

That’s the question the government must address say the OPPI. According to an article by the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), price control is neither a viable nor sustainable strategy for increasing access to medicines.  Director general of Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), Ranjana Smetacek said “The focus must shift from …

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Patents Don’t Affect The Prices Of Medicines As Much As We Think They Do

Debates on how to improve healthcare in developing countries often include this premise: patents can potentially raise drug prices, so they should be abolished for better public health. This point of view is particularly widely held in a country like India, with the government’s latest National  Sample Survey Office report pointing out 86 percent of …

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