According to Dr Vishwajeet Kumar in todays’s Hindustan Times, “there is a scientific consensus that vaccination is the most effective, equitable and economical health intervention that the world has ever seen. Their impact on preventive health is unambiguously transformational and they should be the cornerstone of any effective health strategy.”
Thursday’s announcement of a global commitment to eradicate polio (this is from Reuters) within five years was largely ignored by the Indian media. This is in part because India has been polio free for two years (something that the media has celebrated). In part ,it reflects just how little notice most of the global media took of Thursday’s […]
In a move sure to upset people worldwide, India has announced that it may introduce a system of price controls for patented medicines. Here’s the story in today’s Economic Times. The principle would be that the Indian cap would be based on the price that government pays in Australia, Canada, France and the UK. So far, […]
India’s new President has called for a “‘second freedom struggle’ to eradicate hunger, disease and poverty,” according to Outlook, the weekly news magazine. Pranab Mukherjee was speaking on the eve of the 65th anniversary of India’s independence. The reference is to the struggle for freedom over more than fifty years leading up to independence. The […]
In today’s Hindu, activists say that the Planning Commission is breaking promises to increase health spending in India closer to normal levels for middle-income countries. The activists also say that the Cetre is trying to shift costs to the states. The future role of the corporate sector in insurance-based managed care plans is, predictably, extremely […]
One blogger thinks that the current price controls might because they discourage innovation. Politics seems to have stalled government consideration of the issue.
This very uncritical Times of India piece reports on the October start of the government free medicines scheme (even more noteworthy as the ToI is not known for being uncritical of the government). The article does list all of the pitfalls of separate lists in every state and the need for state contributions. It also […]
This piece on the Spicy IP blog is by a young patent law expert who now has family experience of the problems of cancer treatment in India. It is a thoughtful and well written piece which argues that innovative pharma companies, generics companies, state governments, Central government and insured individuals must all take some of […]