Monthly Archives: August 2012

Generic medicines in India

The widely accepted definition of a generic drug/medicine is that used by the US FDA. “A generic drug is identical or bioequivalent – to a brand name drug in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics and … Continue reading

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What are essential medicines

WHO’s definition of essential medicines is that “Essential medicines are those that satisfy the priority health care needs of the population. They are selected with due regard to public health relevance, evidence on efficacy and safety, and comparative cost-effectiveness.” In … Continue reading

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Attending in a Workshop in the Lap of Clouds! An Experience

It was February, 2004 when I received an invitation from Drug Bulletin of Nepal (a representative of International Society of Drug Bulletins, ISDB) to participate in a workshop in Nepal on “Providing drug information to safeguard public health”. The ISDB … Continue reading

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What drugs and medicines are

A drug is a chemical compound that is used to treat, cure, mitigate, diagnose, or prevent a disease or illness. This, however, creates the misconception that any chemical compound having therapeutic action can be used as a drug. Unfortunately, this … Continue reading

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What is Pharmacy

Pharmacy is the health profession based on the chemical, biological, medical and social sciences. It is concerned with the design, evaluation, manufacture, storage, supply and appropriate use of medicines;  and the provision of medicine related information to the patients and … Continue reading

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