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Compulsory licensing is a negotiating tool but not a panacea

This is an interesting column from yesterday’s Indian Express on pharma compulsory licensing as a negotiating tool to achieve tiered pricing of innovative products. It is more nuanced and thoughtful than most writing on the subject and points out that generics will meetonly the needs of the middle class in the absence of universal health …

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Obesity – does India need more gastric band surgery?

India’s health debate may be tracking Europe and the US again. Today’s Deccan Herald reports 50 billion [sic] people suffering from morbid obesity. Even if it’s only 50 million, it’s a lot. Dr Mahendra Narwaria thinks that India needs more “centres of excellence to perform … highly technical operations” (Unsurprising maybe that Dr Narwaria runs …

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Eye care important in diabetes management

Despite this important story being addressed by the Governor of Tamil Nadu, it is important that healthcare systems across all states factor in the importance of eye care in the treatment of diabetes, this story was reported in IBN Live just recently http://ibnlive.in.com/news/diabetic-retinopathy-3-blindness-in-india/234960-60-120.html

“Free generics” at public health centres

Today’s Hindu reports the Health Minister’s promise to provide free generic medicines at public health units as part of the government’s commitment to universal access. The story is short on detail and there are clearly big challenges. The interesting thing is the lively conversation that the story has provoked: surely a positive sign that a …

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Do sleeping pills kill Indians or is it insomnia that kills them?

There are lots of stories in India this morning based on the  Open BMJ article suggesting higher rates of premature death amongst those who use sleeping pills. Look at this wire service story in the Times of India as a case in point http://bit.ly/yK8LEs. It’s an example of what happens when stories are covered by journalists …

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