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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 […]

15Mar 2016

Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs) refers to the combination of drugs that includes two or more active pharmaceutical ingredient combined in a single dosage form which is manufactured and distributed in fixed doses. Clinical experts believe that these combinations are irrational and launched into the market, devoid of any substantiation. According to the experts, these combinations […]

05Mar 2016

Affirming the economy is on the right track, India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley presented the union budget 2016-2017 on 29 Feb 2016.  The budget has been a mixed bag overall. The major focus is on rural progress, infrastructure and public sector which definitely acts as catalyst towards the economy. On the healthcare front, the prominence […]

29Feb 2016

On the eve of “World Rare Disease Day” today, February 29, 2016 (the rarest day of the year), I planned to post a two series blog post on “Orphan Drug Pricing and Reimbursement” During 1970, individual patients and volunteer healthcare organizations began lobbying for legislation to encourage the development of therapies for rare diseases.  The […]