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Created by : Bindu Narayan, Product Development Manager, Care Biomedicals  | 11 20 2009 06:32:03 +0000
Industry : PharmaceuticalsFunctional Area : India(Markets)
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Recently, the chief executive of Swiss firm Novartis, which has been struggling for the last five years to secure the patent rights in India on Glivec, its therapy for a rare form of blood cancer called chronic myeloid leukemia, expressed disappointment over the slow movement of the Indian political system and the complexities of the decision making process. This is not the first case. Many other executives have also said the same. With Indian Patenting system being very complex is giving more importance Indian companies, who actually copy the drug molecules from MNC's and do not invest in R&D, but MNC's who heavily invest in R&D for new drug molecules are left behind, which in a way drugs which are having a potential cure are not there in India due to the Patent system.

Over the last decade or so, the Indian government has not budged an inch on critical policy issues like drug-price controls, and there is no clarity on how data exclusivity issues will pan out. All these issues reflect the indifference that our representatives have for the subject. And one more thing health is one of the least important priorities for India and records prove the point.

So people what do you think? Is Indian patent system crippling healthcare in India?

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Truly agree but think of the indian population how many of them would afford to spend huge money for their health care there are people living in this country having only one meal, no insurance coverage by the government this will make pharmaceutical industry became a copy cat that also required talent look at medical tourism why rest of the world is considering India! b'coz we are having enough talent & technology to treat moreover affordable

By Nanda Kumar, Zonal Sales Manager  11 26 2009 14:36:44 +0000

it is true that indian patent system is responsible for the bad health of indian health industry.we have good companies here who are the potential innovators but because of poor regulations they are not encouraged to engage in innovations.Govt . must look into it as this kind of arrangement will not help indian healthcare industry, which will be always dependent on MNCs for the research molecules and a day will come when most of the present companies will be sold to the foreign companies. 

By AMIT KATOCH, Freelancer, Freelancer  | 11 26 2009 15:20:50 +0000

Not only Novartis but also many other executives have also said China is faster in implementing policies and more emphatic about reinforcing its healthcare systems. I think behind all this, politics is there. Minister after minister has promised the Indian pharmaceutical industry an ideal system to encourage investments. They coax foreign visitors to infuse money in India, but do not for once realise how difficult the procedures are, or how ill-interested the officials and because of all this obligations presented in the form of Patents, healthcare industry suffers in India.

By Bindu Narayan, Product Development Manager, Care Biomedicals  | 11 20 2009 06:32:03 +0000

I think the Indian health system is not so lax, as is evident from the rapid response to the swine flu outbreak.

But it's very precautious on the patent front, owing to the itricacies involved and eventualities in case of a patent grant; which can lead to an exclusivity period and clipping of the generic drug manufacturers.

By Tipirneni Sridhar, Asst. Manager/Manager (Technical), Zenotech Laboratories Ltd.  | 11 29 2009 07:16:20 +0000

Though many arguments would focus that the holders of patent are charging a premium and since India is poor we will not be treat et al.. I am of the opinion that India should recognize patents, but it should put a clear argument against charges to the patient. If a company refuses to provide the medication at a price then the Indian government should allow an Indian company to come out with its pricing and use that to force things in its favour. I believe that patient's health come first.  My argument focuses on the simple truth that pharma companies that brandish statements of patents don't acknowledge. They do trials in India at one-tenth of the cost vis-a-vis a developed or matured economy to comply with the demographic data. Many of the patients in India, unlike in the US do not get into legal disputes and hence the liabilities in case a study does not provide sufficient/intended results are not penalized.

By Kannan N, Freelancer, Freelancer  | 11 27 2009 12:50:30 +0000

I don't think patent is the reason of downfall of healthcare industry in India. Our country lacks latest infrastructure and amount of proper talent. On that, any foreign company when tries to set its market in India, either their prices doesn't suit with common man or their rules and regulations becomes incompatible with the government norms because of which they blame the patent system in India.

By Sumit Agarwal, Client Servicing/Key Account Manager, ICICI Bank  | 11 20 2009 06:34:10 +0000
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