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11Oct 2016

The important role of food and nutrition in public health is being increasingly recognized as crucial for its potential impact on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and economics, both at the societal and individual levels. Increasing epidemiological and scientific evidence demonstrates clear links between food and health maintenance/disease development. In developing countries, including India, morbidity […]

04Oct 2016

Specialty pharmaceuticals/drugs are a recent designation of pharmaceuticals that are classified as high-cost, high complexity and/or high touch. They are often biologics-“drugs derived from living cells” that are injectable or infused (although some are oral medications). Specialty drugs are used to treat complex or rare chronic conditions such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, hemophilia, HIV, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Hepatitis […]

30Sep 2016

Health systems have developed at different speeds, and with differing degrees of complexity throughout the twentieth century, reflecting the diverse political and social conditions in each country. Notwithstanding their diversity, all systems, however, share a common reason for their existence, namely the improvement of health for their entire populations. To attain this goal a health […]

26Sep 2016

Rapidly rising cost in healthcare is an increasing cause of concern across the world. Indian healthcare is also experiencing a change, with increasing focus on better quality of medical care services. As per the available information, the healthcare spending per capita per annum in India has been observed to be about $109, with total healthcare […]

29Aug 2016

Modern healthcare system is very complex, and many patients struggle to obtain, process, communicate, and understand even basic health information and services. Many patients lack health literacy, or a true understanding of their medical conditions and find it difficult to follow instructions on how to take care for themselves or to adhere to treatment regimens. Above […]

30May 2016

Vaccines are important preventive medicines for primary health care, and a critical component in a nation’s health security. Although international agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) promote global immunization drives and policies, the success of an immunization program in any country depends more upon local realities […]

12May 2016

‘Patient’ should be considered as the centre for any healthcare system. There is growing realization for the patient-centered healthcare system. The outcomes of a clinical intervention obtained by the patient i.e. patient-reported outcomes (PROs) seemed to be of more importance in coming years than any other outcomes like clinical, physiological or caregiver-reported. The US Food […]

29Mar 2016

The growing cost of discovery and development of orphan drugs is having an overall impact on the patient access to orphan medicines. Orphan drugs, which are usually not covered by insurance systems are inaccessible to patients due to their high cost, and even when they are covered, patient cost-sharing (through co-payments or coinsurance) can still […]