Recently I did some assessment on where I was spending my monthly salary. I was intrigued to find out that I spent Rs 18 a day on my DTH connection. And I hardly watch an hour or two of TV a month. I also spent Rs 20 a day on my office canteen for Tea […]


  (Image source: http://en.rylkov-fond.org/blog/tbr/effective-tb-treatment/) In India it is cool to start tackling conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Actually most celebrities lend their support to even cooler issues like AIDS. But the biggest killer in India today is Tuberculosis(TB). Almost 1/5th of the global cases according to the WHO occur in India. Of the 2 million […]


China today dominates the herbal medicine market. One of the reasons for that is branding. In many ways the natural leader in that market should have been India. Unfortunately we as a nation have missed that bus in the 50-70’s. Ayurveda our core herbal offering to the world lay mired in home enterprises which never […]


when we talk of tele-medicine the first thing that comes to our mind is helplines. Like the 104 helpline that has been running in Assam and Andhra Pradesh.  The success of the 104 helpline has led to it being set up in Karnataka as well. But Tele-Medicine is more than just helplines. It is the […]


  When was the last time you visited a hospital? Maybe it was to visit a relative or get some tests done. maybe you required medical attention? But during your visit, did you rate the hospital ? I mean did you give feedback to the management or an independent body on the services offered by […]


What does a successful ehealth initiative require? Sophisticated Technology, armies of technical experts and senior doctors all working in tandem right? No wrong, if you follow the example set by the Gujrat government, all it needs is a mobile phone and a trained health worker. Surprised ? But it is actually true the E Mamta […]


  Obesity is one aspect that is heavily covered in media in India. There are numerous reports on how the ‘Fight against Fat’is the paradigm shift in Indian public health policy. Obesity has been linked to heart diseases, diabetes and hypertension. And the information is all correct. But I believe in a country of a […]


Way back when I was in B school the burning question in the Indian pharmaceutical industry was the expiring patents of the global pharmaceutical companies. The top among the list was Lipitor the anti hypertensive drug that was fuelling most of Pfizer’s revenues. Lipitor was the first drug to exceed $10 billion a year in […]

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