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Guest column by +Chris Ward : Is Indian Pharma’s spectacular growth Bonanza or Bubble?

Indian pharmaceutical companies’ profits have grown hugely in recent years. Contrary to claims that India’s robust generics industry is driven by being ‘the drug store for the developing world’, overwhelmingly the growth of the industry is from sales to established country markets in the US and Europe. But predictions for continued growth may prove to be optimistic.

http://apothecurry.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/guest-column-is-indian-pharmas-spectacular-growth-bonanza-or-bubble/
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"If this tablet is approved in coming years, this achievement will surely usher in a new age for science in Africa. It will save millions upon millions of lives on the continent, helping avoid at least 24 percent of child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa."
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Times of India story on compulsory licensing gets it wrong

A misleading July 27 Times of India story on U.S. “Compulsory Licensing” of cancer drugs gets it all wrong.  The author misrepresents the importation of generic cancer drugs to deal with a critical shortage as a “Compulsory License”.  The publicly available U.S. FDA’s documentation on the events and actions taken by the agency to address critical cancer drug shortages makes it clear that “FDA’s exercise of enforcement discretion does not mean that the overseas drug is now FDA approved in the US”. (see attached link)

The FDA public documentation makes clear that the temporary importation of drugs “is considered only in cases when there is a shortage of an approved US drug that is critical to patients and the shortage cannot be resolved by manufacturers of the approved US drug in the immediate future. In these cases, FDA searches for companies that manufacture drugs that are approved in foreign markets and may help meet critical patient needs in the US.”

The FDA’s efforts to address a critical drug shortage involves a high level of collaboration among all stakeholders including industry and government.  The assertion by the author that “In case of the US, even the patent right-holder will wake up one morning and discover that the patent had been revoked” is both incorrect and misrepresents a valid, urgent and temporary response to the critical needs of cancer patients.  A temporary importation permit is not a compulsory license.
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A great comic re #obesity & #NCDs by Dan Piraro (@pirarobizarro)
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On April 30, the Office of Global Affairs, Health and Human Services held a Stakeholder Listening Session in advance of the 65th World Health Assembly. The following are some highlights from the stakeholder interventions and discussion.
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Will India’s regulatory failures doom the future growth of its pharmaceutical industry? +Chris Ward of +World Health Advocacy  reports.

Feature article from May's edition of Pharmaceutical Executive Global Digest.
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An increasing number of adults in the US have multiple chronic conditions.  Growth in the prevalence of multiple chronic conditions was driven primarily by increases in three of the nine individual conditions.  During this 10-year period, prevalence of hypertension increased from 35% to 41%, diabetes from 10% to 15%, and cancer from 9% to 11%, among those 45 and over.
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The World Health Organization today released their World Health Statistics report, providing information from 194 countries on a broad range of health indicators. Some of the key highlights included:
* In every region of the world, obesity doubled between 1980 and 2008
* In 20 years, the number of maternal deaths has decreased from more than 540 000 deaths in 1990 to less than 290 000 in 2010 – a decline of 47%
* Public health advancements have helped save children’s lives in the past decade
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India's main drug regulator has not been properly scrutinizing some drugs before approving them, and some of its officials are colluding with drug firms and medical experts to circumvent procedure, according to a new parliamentary report.
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Looking forward to it - hopefully #globalhealth will be part of the social media focus.
 
Mark your calendars: celebrate Social Media Day on June 30th with +Mashable! #smday
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