Issue No. 259 (Mar 2012)
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Generics under threat: Access to affordable medicines in jeopardy
Can India still supply cheap medicines for the world?
recent developments are threatening to undermine India's role as the
pharmacy of the developing world.
The following piece seeks to dispel some common myths and
fallacies about generic medicines.
By Jayabalan Thambyappa
and Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali
unhealthy future for the Indian pharmaceutical industry?
are the challenges facing the Indian pharmaceutical industry and the
policy options open to the government to continue the production of
By KM Gopakumar and MR
EU-India free trade agreement and access to medicines
free trade agreement which India is negotiating with the European Union
threatens to jettison some of the health safeguards in India's patent
By Kajal Bhardwaj
our medicines, our health, our lives’
EU-India Summit in February touched off protests around the world against
the free trade agreement currently being negotiated between these parties.
By Ranja Sengupta
undemocratic, dangerous and wrong
strong protests by civil society activists, the Anti-Counterfeiting
Trade Agreement has already been signed by several EU members and a
number of other countries.
By Charlie Harvey
compulsory licence on sorafenib: A right step to ensure access to medicines
decision by the Indian Patent Office to grant a local company a compulsory
licence to produce a generic version of a patented anti-cancer drug
is a major step to ensure access to medicines.
By KM Gopakumar
FEATURE: FUKUSHIMA – ONE YEAR AFTER
dangerous myths of Fukushima
all the available evidence confirming that the Fukushima disaster was
a major nuclear accident, officials are still attempting to downplay
its health consequences.
By Joseph Mangano and
remarkable renewable energy drive - after Fukushima
the Fukushima disaster, Japan has taken some important strides in its
drive for alternatives to nuclear energy.
By Andrew DeWit
nuclear? Malaysians voice concern over move
by the Malaysian authorities to embark on nuclear energy as an alternative
have touched off a debate in the country.
Fauwaz Abdul Aziz
towards a financial transaction tax
writer is optimistic that the move to curtail financial speculation
via a European financial transaction tax cannot be indefinitely delayed.
By Peter Wahl
fable of the century
the following satirical piece on the US presidential campaign, the target
is the Republican Party and its likely presidential candidate, Mitt
By Robert B Reich
demand more than cosmetic reforms
of Bahrainis press on with a reinvigorated protest movement for genuine
Domitila: Making Bolivian history
tribute to Domitila Barrios de Chungara, the long-time Bolivian social
activist, feminist and mine union leader.
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