Category Archives: Drugs

Australian duo find global consumers for Indian generic drugs

By Divya Rajagopal, The Economic Times | May 23, 2017 MUMBAI: Remember Ron the rodeo cowboy from the Oscar-winning film Dallas Buyers Club? The biopic portrayed the story of Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient in the mid-1980s who signed up … Continue reading

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Roche vs Indian Pharma: The battle for a cheaper cancer drug

By Divya Rajagopal, The Economic Times|May 14, 2017 Let’s hark back to the Nineties. The HIV-AIDS epidemic was spreading across Africa, leaving thousands dead, in spite of the existence of anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs). The cost of the treatment, around $10,000, … Continue reading

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Prescribing Generic Medicines

Source: Economic & Political Weekly April 29, 2017 vol lII no 17 By S. Srinivasan The move to have doctors prescribe medicines in generic names is not a well-planned one. The Prime Minister’s announcement that prescription of medicines by their generic names … Continue reading

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Competition Commission of India pulls up Roche for anti-competitive practices

By Jyotsna Singh, Scroll | April 27, 2017 In a landmark order, the commission has initiated an investigation into the multinational pharmaceutical company’s activities. The Competition Commission of India has initiated an investigation into Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche for unfair … Continue reading

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Pharma Companies Should Sell Medicines Under Generic Names! Generic Prescription by Doctors is NOT Enough

Press Release: April 26, 2017 All India Drug Action Network Demands Substantive Measures   The proposal, as announced by the Prime Minister, to make generic prescription writing mandatory for doctors, would be a useless counterproductive step as a standalone measure. This … Continue reading

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CCI to investigate Swiss drugmaker Roche over breast cancer biosimilar

By Divya Rajagopal, The Economic Times | April 26, 2017 MUMBAI: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) will investigate Swiss drugmaker Roche over alleged attempts to block competitors from selling breast cancer drug Trastuzumab. The investigation has to be completed … Continue reading

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Indian competition commission issues a path breaking order on abuse of dominant position in pharmaceuticals

Rules Roche’s practices prima facie appear to be aimed at blocking affordable biosimilar trastuzumab – a cancer drug – in India In July 2016, Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Biocon Limited approached the Competition Commission of India regarding Roche’s anti-competitive conduct to … Continue reading

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