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4th March, 2018
NPPA Chairman Transfer: We hope the govt. did not succumb to industry pressure?

Dr K K Aggarwal,Recipient of Padma Shri

The chairman of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) have been transferred and Directorate General of Health services (DGHS) has been asked to go on leave.

DCGI was responsible for streamlining all clinical trials and also fought for banning fixed dose combinations (FDCs). NPPA had capped stent prices and that of knee implants. It was now exposing rate variations in disposables and non-NLEM drugs and devices.

Transfers are no doubt a prerogative of the govt., but their timing is inopportune. This move of the govt. may be misunderstood. We only hope that these transfers were not under the influence of industry pressure.

This would only become clear when Dr S Eswara Reddy, who has been appointed as the new DCGI, and the person who will be appointed NPPA chairman would carry forward work on the issues raised by their predecessors.

What is also surprising is that the NPPA Chairman has been asked to proceed on leave without assigning the work to a chairman-designate making NPPA practically a functionless body as of today.

Let's revisit the issues that the NPPA Chairman had proactively raised, which probably led to his ouster from this job. ... read more

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Medicine alone is not enough for overall health and wellbeing
Various systems have different approaches to treat
 
New Delhi, 3rd March 2018: India has a rich tradition of medicinal wisdom coupled with a strong capability in modern medicine. Ours is a country where medical pluralism is officially recognized and encouraged. Apart from modern medicine, there are other such systems, which are used by people. When used in the right combination, they can help in overall health and wellbeing.
 
Modern medicine is only couple of hundred years old. Prior to that it was traditional medicine being used based on the local needs of the country. The oldest of them being Indian ayurvedic system of medicine originating from Atharva Veda. Unani, Chinese, and Tibetan medicine probably are all off shoots of Ayurveda.
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