In the wake of the Ranbaxy scandals (see this post on our sister site, Health Issues India), multinational pharma is predicting doom for India's generics industry. This well-written piece by former Canadian politician (and former PhRMA staffer) Chris Ward comes from the latest Pharmaceutical Executive. You would not expect Ward to take a charitable … [Read more...] about Multinational pharma goes on the offensive against Indian generics
Barack Obama is making speeches on climate change and promising that it will be one of his legacy issues but he is dodging difficult decisions in US states that burn a lot of coal, according to The Christian Science Monitor . "The president should now visit those places heavily dependent on coal and try better persuasion ... it would also address … [Read more...] about Is President Obama hypocritical on climate change?
A report in yesterday's New York Times shows a dramatic drop in the prevalence of human papilloma viruses amongst teenage American girls over the past decade. HPV causes cervical cancer and genital warts. Experts ascribe the drop to the use of the HPV vaccine. In fact, the drop is steeper than predicted because the minority of girls using the … [Read more...] about Mum, why did I have to get cervical cancer? “There was a vague sense of controversy about the vaccine”
Lucy Morgan Edwards, a former Economist correspondent, was interviewed on the BBC this morning and painted a very pessimistic picture. The US (and the UK) she argued have agreed to speak to the Taliban without preconditions because Pakistan will not allow the withdrawal of troops and materiel over its territory without a deal. The Taliban, she … [Read more...] about Are negotiations with the Taliban really just surrender talks?
The American online magazine, Slate, ran an article on the ill-informed anti-vaccine views of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. He had his representative call and complain. Slate followed up and discovered that RFK had misrepresented the views of experts and repeated untruths about vacine safety. It's an enjoyable read . Let's hope other anti-vaccine … [Read more...] about When the powerful complain, editors usually roll over. Not on this vaccines story
Brazil has often done a wonderful job of hyping its public health system but beneath the hype, it's less good. Earlier this year, I spoke at an Indo-US Summit on Child Survival at which a WHO expert held up the Brazilian model. There are successes (AIDS, for example) but also bloated public sector enterprises full of political appointees which keep … [Read more...] about Brazils street protesters demand more spending on health
Regular readers will know that we think the rules of crisis management are changing: storms blow up and blow away very fast in this age of Twitter and Instagram. It's often safe to just shelter until the micro storm passes. (If you doubt us, ask the Mayor of Toronto, still happily in office more than six weeks after allegedly being caught on video … [Read more...] about How not to handle a problem – look to HPV vaccines in Japan
Specialist doctors prefer low-cost devices to reduce maternal mortality and ensure better healthcare for women in India. They feel that by using low-cost devices, quality healthcare can be provided to reduce the maternal mortality ratio in India where people live in remote and inaccessible areas. On a pilot basis, the Federation of Obstetrics … [Read more...] about Low-cost devices developed to reduce maternal mortality in India
Mark Chataway is very proud to be on the board of Engender Health. They've just screened this brilliant, award-winning ad from Tanzania for us. It's about domestic violence but watch until the end! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LCFw5sGSPw … [Read more...] about Award-winning spot on domestic violence
At first, the Indian media gave generics giant, Ranbaxy an easy ride when it had to pay over $500M to Us authorities over fraud and adulteration allegations (see our commentary here and our follow up piece here). Now the meda pack are in full pursui. Today's Hindustan Times reports Apollo, India's largest retail pharmacy chain, has issued … [Read more...] about Indian media pack turns on the worlds largest generic producer