The ban on fixed dose combinations : Quick take #FDCban

I’ve been quite vocal in my views about the ban on fixed dose combinations on Twitter. So here’s a selection of my key tweets (and some retweets) on the subject. Good way to get a quick summary of the subject while I hem and haw over a longer article (if it ever gets written).  Latest tweets on top. Continue reading “The ban on fixed dose combinations : Quick take #FDCban”

WHO and health ministry unlock treasure trove of info

Here’s a nice packet that landed in my inbox today. It’s a despatch from the World Health Organisation’s office in New Delhi. Pls read and access the treasure trove of information.  I’d like to thank  Dr Urmila Thatte, head of the department of clinical pharmacology in KEM Hospital Mumbai for sending it to me.  This is a laudable effort towards information dissemination and transparency. One can only hope for more such efforts. Here goes :

“When a country turns 62, it is time to look back and document the past for the present and the future. Any systematic enquiry into the past has value for the present and the future. Over the years several committees and commissions have given overarching recommendations for the development of the health care system in India. However, many of these recommendations continue to remain in the pages of history.  As part of its endeavor to ensure easy access to information, both historical and contemporary, we at the WHO Country Office for India and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India have brought out two compilations. The documents were identified and sourced from various individuals, libraries and documentation centres, across the country over a span of three years. These were thereafter, digitized or reproduced, as required.

 The first compilation, ‘Health Committee and Commission Reports, 1946-2005’ (Available at: )  provides full access to reports of the various committees and commissions which include Sokhey; Mudaliar; Chadha; Mukerjee; Jungallwala; Kartar Singh; Mehta; Bajaj and NCMH amongst others. The areas covered relate to organization, integration and development of health care services / delivery system across levels; health policy and planning; national programmes; public health; human resources; indigenous system of medicine; drugs and pharmaceuticals amongst others.

 The second compilation of Health Legislation in India: A Compilation (Available at ) brings together over 200 health and health-related acts and rules, applicable at the central level, across broad categories. Key health related international covenants and guidelines have also been included.

You may freely disseminate these compilations and we are sure that the efforts of the team would be appropriately acknowledged.”

Ms Anagha Khot, WHO Country Office for India (

Mr Sunil Nandraj, WHO Country Office for India (

Mr Pravin Srivastava, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI (