A few days ago, the Union Health Ministry accepted the Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury Expert Committee report on approval of new medicines, clinical trials & banning of medicines. One of the points in the Action Taken Report was that the Ministry decided to admit data from Phase I and Phase II trials done overseas for […]Read More Clinical Trials and Judgmental Errors
That the Indian health policy is full of flip-flops and uncertainties is a given. The sector falls under the purview of two different ministries (the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) and this leads to confusion on who regulates what. This lack of a common agenda for the […]Read More The Uncertainty of Drug Regulation in India
What if clinical trials don’t happen in India? Indian patients will continue to be treated with existing standard of stagnating care. The world would have moved on to better medicines buoyed by innovation. But Indian patients will need to be excluded from this wave of change for the better. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI)’s […]Read More What if clinical trials don’t happen in India?
Those of us who have seen the movie, ‘The Life of PI’, would agree that the boy, Piscine Molitor Patel or PI had to go through a lot before emerging a winner. What cannot be cured, must be endured. When one reads about the current scenario as far as Clinical Trials (CTs) are concerned, the […]Read More The Life of “PI” and Clinical Trials
On Jan 30, 2013 while the country stood in silence as a mark of respect to the father of the nation on his 65th death anniversary, a gazette notification was passed which could mean the death of good quality serious clinical research in India. It definitely means the death of reasoning, the death of stakeholder […]Read More What are we compensating for?
In Munnabhai MBBS Boman Irani, as Dean of a Medical College, tells medical students on their first day, that doctors need to be clinical. He meant that as a doctor one cannot be too close to a patient as this can reduce objectivity and come in the way of sound clinical decision-making. So what does […]Read More Being clinical with rhetoric