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Weakness in US complaints to India over intellectual property safeguards?

Swaraj Paul Barooah has written some pieces that are very critical of some of the recent Indian court decisions on pricing of medicines an on intellectual policy. He is no reliable friend of weak Ip protection but this morning on the Spicy IP blog, he uses all of his formidable legal mind to tear apart …

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India’s medical colleges are producing quacks say ex-Secretary Health

The woman who used to be India’s most senior health bureaucrat is clearly not planning on a quiet retirement. In the latest of her highly controversial opinion pieces for The Hindu, Sujatha Rao says that, “many medical colleges are producing quacks. The tragedy is that we all know about it.” The former Secretary Health & …

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What are the keys to economic growth? Chaos, confusion and mistakes

It’s widely held that China’s ability to invest strategically in pharmaceuticals and vaccines will give it an edge over India in both over the long term. Thus far, though, India’s industry has prospered more. A fascinating article in the New Yorker  profiles an economist who would have expected this. The shortest line between two points was, …

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Innovative intervention program improves life for rural women in India living with HIV/AIDS

There is an article on Health Canal (an online Health newswire / Medical Research News wire service provider) that talks about a pilot intervention program to assist women with HIV/AIDS. Multidisciplinary teams of researchers from UCLA and India initiated a new intervention program, in which ‘lay women’ in the rural areas of Andhra Pradesh were …

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India overtakes China as most populous country by 2028: UN

The Economist does it usual shilly-shallying in reporting the latest UN World Population Prospects, focussing (as it always does) on the ageing of the population rather than on the massive social, environmental  and security challenges posed by a global population of over 10 billion. Even The Economist, though, can only bury the real story so far: …

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Multinational pharma goes on the offensive against Indian generics

In the wake of the Ranbaxy scandals (see this earlier post), multinational pharma is predicting doom for India’s generics industry. This well-written piece by former Canadian politician (and former PhRMA staffer) Chris Ward comes from the latest Pharmaceutical Executive. You would not expect Ward to take a charitable view but he gives a foretaste of …

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Half as much cancer causing virus in US girls as ten years ago; India dithers

A report in yesterday’s New York Times shows a dramatic drop in the prevalence of human papilloma viruses amongst teenage American girls over the past decade. HPV causes cervical cancer and genital warts. Experts ascribe the drop to the use of the HPV vaccine. In fact, the drop is  steeper than predicted because the minority …

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Test every adult in India every year and treat all HIV+ says study

A new statistical study says that India should test every sexually-active adult frequently for HIV and treat all those who are positive according to the New York Times. The story is not well written but it appears that the study shows that it would be cost effective to test and treat this widely despite India’s low number …

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