Pharmaceuticals
Generic Prescribing of Medicines: Diktats are Not a Substitute for Sound Public Policy

Amit Sengupta

25th April 2017

 

In a recent public meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government would take steps to reduce costs incurred on purchase of medicines by making it mandatory for doctors to prescribe medicines in generic name. In itself such a step by the government would be welcome. Unfortunately past experience shows that such pronouncements are mere empty promises that have no relation to the situation on the ground. The government, through the Medical Council of India (MCI), had ...

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Parliamentary Committee Indicts Clinical Trial Industry

Amit Sengupta

12th September, 2013

THE Seventy-Second Report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health marks a strong indictment of the way in which clinical trials are being conducted in India. Before discussing the report, it is important to understand the underlying reasons for the present state of affairs.

Open Invitation for Foreign Companies to Conduct Clinical Trials in India

The story dates back to 2005 when th ...

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The Health Budget and Neoliberal Ideology

Amit Sengupta

3rd May 2013

In the past two years the UPA government, with considerable fanfare, has attempted to project a view that it is serious about bringing about radical changes as regards access to health care.

A slew of measures have been announced, and considerable debate was generated in the past year regarding plans to put in place a system that would ensure Universal Health care. With a year (or les ...

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Amit Sengupta

April 4, 2013

On 26th December 2004 the then UPA-I Government promulgated an ordinance -- The Patents (Amendment) Ordinance, 2004.

The ordinance was issued by the government to change the then existing Indian Patents Act in order to make it conform to the agreement on Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs), that India had signed as part of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement i ...

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Another blow for aam admi: Government poised to dance to the tune of big drug companies

Amit Sengupta

3rd October 2012


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