Pharmaceuticals
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 t ...

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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 le ...

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Supreme Court Judgment on Novartis Case Vindication of Left’s principled position in 2005

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 ...

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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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Living In Strange Times: The AIDS Epidemic And WTO -- Welcome Address to FMRAI Conference By Prabir

We live in strange times indeed. If we look at the reporting on public health, even in India, we will conclude that the Mad Cow disease or BSE is the most serious public health menace in the world. Five billion dollars is being spent this year by the Europeans to control BSE, which has claimed 80 lives. 17 million Africans have already died of AIDs. This has left the world unmoved.  And they will continue to die as the treatment for AIDs with the patented drugs of the pharmaceutical MNCs cost $10,000 per year. For countries such as India or African countries where the health expenditure per head is less than $10 and a per capita income is less than $500, drugs at this pri ...

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