Drug pricing: A bitter pill to swallow

February 26th, 2016|Categories: Newspaper, The Hindu|Tags: |

The international pharmaceutical industry has found its cash cow in India’s beleaguered consumers. With a minimum wage of Rs.250/day for a government worker, a basic wage worker afflicted with a chronic disease like multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis faces penury. His treatment, with drug combinations, which works out to roughly Rs.1.2-Rs.1.5 lakh, is the equivalent of nearly 4-6

India and the Contagion

March 8th, 2015|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

Human influenza, while causing ordinary sneezes, occurs in three types. In 1918, a Type A influenza pandemic, involving the H1N1 influenza virus, infected 500 million across the world, including in remote Pacific and Arctic regions, and ultimately killed 100 million, five per cent of the world’s population. Considered the “greatest medical holocaust in history”, this

The Right Prescription

August 18th, 2014|Categories: Newspaper, The Times of India|Tags: |

Healthcare in India is a story of insufficient resources and poor outcomes. Investment is well below WHO guidelines in both qualitative and quantitative terms. Bed density is low (less than 1.5 beds per 1000 persons as compared to WHO guideline of 3.5), doctors few (less than 1.8 per 1000 as compared to WHO guideline of