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Now on stands: Your drug may be spurious

Indu Gilra, a retired teacher in her seventies living in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad in the national capital region (NCR), would often pop a tablet of Combiflam at the slightest hint of body ache. Since

Have a heart: Include medicine cost in insurance

Should health insurance include the cost of medicine? That is the question raised by a recent study on India which seeks to measure the financial burden of cardiovascular diseases on people.

“In 50% of the Indian pharma sector, oligopolistic conditions prevail”

Professor Sakthivel Selvaraj is a health economist who teaches at the Public Health Foundation of India and res­earches matters concerning financing of healthcare and pharmaceutical

“There is power struggle as well as ideological struggle in the government”

S Srinivasan is the managing trustee of LOCOST, a charitable trust involved with the production of low-priced quality generics for over 32 years. He has also been active in works like t

High Dose: How your medicine bill is likely to shoot up

In a country of 1.3 billion people, the government’s expenditure on healthcare rarely becomes a matter of pride. In 2013-14, India’s total healthcare expenditure was Rs 4.5 lakh crore,

AAP government report card – a lot still needs to be done

 The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led government in Delhi has completed two years in office. The government repeatedly accused the central government of creating obstacles and stalling projects, yet

India makes strong case for cheap meds

The governing body of the UN’s health agency that sets the agenda of work on global health met late January. In its 140th session, the executive board (EB) of the World Health Organisation (W

3% of medicines are of poor quality: Survey

 More than three percent of medicines in India are ‘Not of Standard Quality’ (NSQ) and 0.0245 percent spurious, reveals a survey report on drugs quality by the ministry of health.&

The battle to access affordable medicines heats up

Tobeka Daki, a single South African mother and health activist from the eastern Cape, died fighting breast cancer in November last year. Her oncologist had told Tobeka that she needed trast

Stories you must read over the weekend

  The nutrition crisis continues to stare at us, despite the fact that India is the fastest growing large economy today. In running after GDP growth, the human development index

For a cycle of change

Mansukh Mandviya is in his mid-40s and also looks young for a central minister, but he is not a novice in politics. When he first became MLA in Gujarat, in 2002, he was barely 30. An ABVP produ

Going generic

While the centre has encouraged drug stores that sell generics (as opposed to branded medicines) under the Jan Aushadhi scheme, states have obtained mixed results in the implementation. In Andhra P



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