Superbugs: The Growing Concern Related to Antibiotic Resistance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over two million  people suffer from life threatening infections caused by drug resistant strains of bacteria every year, in the US. According to a report published in the UK, the global death toll due to the current ADR crisis is likely to reach as high as 10

Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies in Healthcare

In order to effectively combat the problems related to counterfeit medicines, several companies have come up with innovative technologies to provide the necessary tools to manufacturers, healthcare professionals and patients to authenticate pharmaceutical products. These technologies can be broadly classified under two categories, namely Authentication Technologies and Track & Trace Technologies.   Authentication technologies are

Cancer Stem Cells: A Step Closer to the Cure

The discovery of cancer stems cells (CSCs) may have revolutionized the field of cancer research in a manner similar to how the “germ theory of disease” altered the way medical science looked maladies in general.  Before the germ theory, disease and sicknesses were attributed to be manifestations of bad omens and evil spirits. The discovery of

Genome Editing: Future Potential and Ethical Concerns

Scientists around the word are debating the scientific and ethical possibilities of using powerful gene editing tools, such as the CRISPR/Cas9 system, to treat heritable diseases in human embryos. In 1987, the discovery of Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) genes in single celled prokaryotic systems revolutionized genetic engineering. Initially thought to be

Social Media in Pharmaceutical Marketing

The importance of the pharmaceutical industry as a global sector is undeniable. In 2014, pharmaceutical sales reached a milestone of USD 1 trillion. Apart from discovering and developing innovative healthcare solutions, pharmaceutical companies also need to market and promote their products to remain profitable. It is worth mentioning that the sales and distribution of pharmaceutical

Generic Drugs: Rising Opportunity for Indian Pharmaceutical Players

India is en route to becoming a powerful and dynamic nation. Numerous initiatives undertaken by both the private and public sectors have been launched to revolutionize the way the nation operates. Prominent examples include the smart cities initiative, introduction of high speed trains, and the extensive efforts by the current Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi,