Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Pharmaceutical Democracy in India

Democracy in India

In 3 India Pharma Summit organised at Delhi  by FICCI ,WHO and dept of Pharmaceuticals ,Govt of India I was special invitee .29 November 2011 was the day.

It was pleasing that from one forum at the same time Mr Pakaj Patel ,  CMD ,Zydus Cadila from Industry and Mr Rajan Kohali from FICCI  was  critical to  Government on some policies.

Dr Nata Menabde ,WHO representative to India talked in different tone.She was emphasising every thing for poor down people of all countries specially to south east Asia ,Africa .She was in sarre ( Indian lady dress ) it was appreciated.

Minister Shri S K Jena, Ministry of Chemical & Fertilizers ,GoI under whom dept of Pharmaceuticals work. This dept was established in ministry in 2008, put all point of government brilliantly (believe it ) and discussed all points related to Price and production of medicines in India in relation of common man of country  .He argued to concern raised by industry and WHO without reading a paper in his hand. He did his home work excellently.

Ayurveda and Ayuvrvedic medicines got attention of every one when I raised question on basic  reasons of huge difference in global business of  Traditional Chinese medicines and Ayurvedic medicines.

China business is three times more now and it was projected that up to 2020 it will be five times in field of conventional medicines ( read Allopathy ) .But cost of medicines in China is seven times higher than India .

Yes my friends belongs to Ayurveda fraternity I learnt how to put your differences humbly without being red face. When Dr Anita Kotwani, Professor in Pharmacology at Chest Institute, Delhi  quoted result of her survey on price difference of same generic medicines it appears to be embarrassing for industry. But after her Mr  D G Saha,Member Secretary of Pharmaceutical committee of FICCI  argued precisely on every point of her from black marketing of medicines in 1978 to different areas of  till date. But question of difference in price ( some times  in multiplication of 20)   sustained there .

Both Joint Secretaries of Dept of Pharmaceticals ,Mr Devendra Chaudhary and Mr R Vondru was in command of subject and chaired one session each. Chairman of National  Pharmaceutical Price  Authority ,Mr Balachanran was in command in concluding session  and Ms Shanti, Add DGCI was there to help in affairs.

Except minister ( engaged in Parliament disputes )  every one was there from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm and recommendation was made with amicable consciousness among all parties.

We hope some thing better for Ayurvedic medicines too.

Recommendations to Planning Commission for AYUSH

Working Group recommends 12 times hike in allocation for Ayush during 12th Plan
Joseph Alexander, New Delhi
Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]
The Working Group on Ayush set up by the Planning Commission has recommended a 12-fold increase in the allocation for the Department under the next Five Year Plan. Against Rs.3988 crore of the 11th Plan, it has suggested Rs.47,535.55 crore, including transfer of Rs.10,000 crore from National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) flexipool for implementation.

The ongoing schemes of 11th Plan comprise of eleven Central Sector Schemes with allocation of
 Rs.2053 crore and three Centrally Sponsored Schemes with allocation of Rs.1935 crore. The total allocation amounted to Rs.3988 crore. The 38th Report of the Public Accounts Committee (2006-07) has seriously pointed out that the share of Ayush in the total health plan at the central level has been only 2 per cent in spite of the policy pronouncement of raising Ayush share to 10 per cent with designated growth of 5 per cent in every Five-Year Plan. Inadequate allocation for Ayush has been considered by PAC the main reason for not achieving the set targets, the working group said.

“Accordingly, the 12th Plan allocation for Central and Centrally Sponsored Schemes is proposed to be enhanced almost by 7 times and 17 times respectively, including the transfer of
 Rs.10000 crore from NRHM Flexipool. This has led to total projected allocation of Rs.47535.55 crore (about 12 time-hike from 11th Plan allocation) to pave for effective implementation of projects in strategic thrust areas identified above and to step up the process of mainstreaming of Ayush,” the report said.

Necessary updating and revision of the norms, without making any structural change or change in the funding pattern of the schemes, will be done to ensure that the objectives of the schemes are adequately met, project proposals in targeted thrust areas are properly funded and the outcomes happen to be of long term value for the Ayush sector, it said.

The ongoing six schemes under Central Sector Schemes are strengthening of Department of Ayush, statutory institutions, hospitals and dispensaries, strengthening of Pharmacopoeial Laboratories, IEC and Ayush & Public Health function under the head of “System Strengthening”. In the 12th Plan, a provision of
 Rs.1409 crore has been proposed against the 11th Plan outlay of Rs.282.75 crore.

A key component of the allocation is augmenting pharmacopoeia work to develop 1000 monographs and strengthening Pharmacopoeia Commission & associated laboratories to accelerate the work of standardization and quality parameters of ASU drugs as per global requirements and acceptability.

Another component is providing support to build up the initiative of safety monitoring of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani drugs under the pharmacovigilance system, which was introduced in the country during the 11th Plan period, by designating one National Pharmacovigilance Resource Centre, 8 regional centres and 30 peripheral centres to develop the culture of reporting adverse drug reactions of ASU drugs (
Rs.15 crore).

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

WHO APW Project "Development of Consumer Guidelines for Appropriate use of Ayurvedic Medicines "

Dear All Ayurvedic friends

We are working on  WHO APW project Development of Consumer Guidelines for Appropriate use of Ayurvedic Medicines" which will be based on practicing opinion of you all  .To get the questions and participate in survey please click on link

We will be highly obliged to you for your  support in this project of national importance.

Please register your opinion up to 30 November ,2011. December 07 ,2011 is last date of submission of draft to WHO and 14 December,2011 is  assessment date of the draft at BHU by experts invited from all over country including representative of  WHO and dept of AYUSH,GOI .

With esteem regards,

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Sneha Paka and Liposomal Drug Delievery system

Dear All

Please go through under mentioned link for complete reading of review paper published in AYU yesterday.

We wish you all happy Vijaya Dashmi .

With regards,

Friday, 26 August 2011

Invited member of the Sub-Committee of the Planning Commission Steering Committee for AYUSH

 I shall appreciate if any one comment substantially on undermentioned issue .

Anand Chaudhary  

Dear Dr Anand,
The AYUSH sector is rapidly changing and the newer challenges in the area of research, pharmacopoeial standards and industries need serious consideration. This needs quality inputs from experienced stakeholders, academicians, researchers, professionals and scholars like you.  You have been working in this area for a long time and your commitment to AYUSH sector is greatly appreciated.

I would like to request you to  contribute as invited member of the Sub-Committee of the Planning Commission Steering Committee for AYUSH. Please share your vision, views, suggestions, recommendations related to innovative schemes/programs to shape the 12th AYUSH Five Year Plan (FYP). The Planning Commission recommends that the sub-committee should work electronically. As you would agree, this is very important participatory exercise to ensure right priorities, budgets and budgets for efficient implementation of the Plan. I am attaching herewith the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Sub-Committee as recommended by the Planning Commission.

Please note that the Planning Commission is looking for “innovation” in the 12th FYP, hence the expectations from you is to propose only the most relevant and innovative schemes/programs. Even single innovative scheme recommended by you will suffice, but please prioritize and limit your recommendations, to a maximum of five.

As Chairperson, I will be consolidating all the responses and will be happy share a copy of the finalized draft recommendations for your information and records.  Kindly formulate your recommendation/s in the format provided in Annex 1 on or before 30th August 2011.

We will exchange our thoughts using Google group. Please feel free to contact me or Dr Girish Tillu (, 09850026597) if you need any more information or assistance.

Please acknowledge and let me know your acceptance so that I can forward some data, which would be helpful for this activity. Your contribution in this exercise would benefit AYUSH sector and the nation.

Yours truly

Professor Bhushan Patwardhan
Vice Chancellor
Symbiosis International University
Lavale, Pune - 412115
Tel: +91-020-39116201

Monday, 22 August 2011

Ayurveda and Anna

Dear All Ayurvedists

Anna has shown his strength to GOI ,world and most important is that he has been accepted by  common people of India. Reason of this wonderful success of Anna is his integrity ,honesty and dedication to the cause what he take up in his agenda at one time.

My most respected colleagues , can we draw some lessons from Anna and many more like him of past history of  our country.

Vd Shiva Sharma and Vd Anant Sharma initiated process of establishment of CCIM in 1965 and onward and succeded in 1970.

Vd Brihaspati Dev Triguna and his associates contributed in establishment of dept of AYUSH of GOI in 1993 and we are heading forward with the patronage of this dept.

Planning commission of India has constituted a sub committee for policies on Ayurvedic education of future apart from formation of national innovation council in chairman ship of Prof R H Singh.

Means we are moving for progress with all unsolved problems of past two three decades regarding propagation of Ayurveda nationally and internationally.

 But dear friends who may be our Anna to open our eyes on real causes of deterioration of status of  Ayurvedic studies and researches  in institution where 95 % ( almost every )  action/decision /nomination/assignments- academic and administrative are being done  just on the basis of caste line  and various kind of approaches which includes personal liking /disliking  (certainly not on basis of academic reasons ). This unilateralism has   ignored all academic merits of individuals  who are not of caste of holders of administrative post and don't have a strong political ,administrative approach  and not capable for  other transactions of different nature.

In other words ,we are not utilizing our full strength and loosing many momentous  opportunities in service of Ayurveda.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

CME for Teachers of Rasa Shastra & Bhaishjya Kalpana at Bharati Vidyapeetha ,Pune

Dear All

I am delighted with the experiences I received and perceived at Bharati Vidyappetha ,Pune in CME for Teachers of Rasa Shastra and Bhaishjya Kalpana  (previously termed as RoTP)  on 25 July 2011.  Participants number is 30 covering all across country.Title selected by organizers are relevant to contemporary science and as per demand of present thrust area of pharmaceutics of Ayurveda. Boarding and lodging facilities are up to mark in guest house of  university.

All participants were keen to have knowledge and asking questions till 11.00 pm to resource is a good sign of awareness.But some of them ( read participants )  were disappointed by poor quality of students they are receiving due to  intake policy of management i.e. less percentage more money . It may be concern for every one.

I congratulate Prof Asmita Wele and her team for  her charismatic leadership and wonderful organisation on part of her entire team .