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11Aug 2017

Ethics are the moral principles that distinguish between right and wrong. In research, they differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable behaviours on the part of the researcher. Ethical considerations in research form the basis of adherence for the integrity, reliability and validity of the research findings. Some form of ethical review of human research is prevalent […]

10Jul 2017

Scoping reviews are exploratory projects that systematically map the literature on a topic, identifying key concepts, theories and sources of evidence. Scoping reviews are often conducted before full syntheses, and undertaken when feasibility of the research is considered to be a challenge, either because the relevant literature is thought to be vast and diverse (varying […]

30May 2017

The “Internet of things” (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. It’s a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work. The internet of things (IoT) is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, […]

26Apr 2017

All branded drugs are of good quality – Fiction Majority of the branded drugs are of good quality – Fact All generic drugs are of good quality – Fiction Majority of the generic drugs are of good quality – Fact All pharma companies take pro-patient initiatives – Fiction Few pharma companies take pro-patient initiatives – […]

10Apr 2017

Bioresorbable stents have effectively been pulled from the European market by Abbott and will now be available only in “clinical registry setting at select sites/institutions” in Europe, where they will be monitored till a review in 2018. India has been among the largest markets for these stents in recent years. The development comes in the […]

31Mar 2017

According to the World Health Organization (W.H.O), there is currently no universally agreed definition among its member states in what is widely known as ‘Counterfeit medicines’. Nevertheless, W.H.O does indicate that the term ‘counterfeit’ is widely used to include falsified, unlicensed, falsely packaged, stolen and substandard medical products. Jurisdictions across the world define counterfeit medicines […]

19Mar 2017

Healthcare decision making is usually characterized by a low degree of transparency. The demand for transparent decision processes can be fulfilled only when assessment, appraisal and decisions about health technologies are performed under a systematic construct of benefit assessment. The benefit of an intervention is often multidimensional and, thus, must be represented by several decision […]