September 29, 2008

Apollo Hospitals, Merck arm to set up Diabetes Clinics

Apollo Hospitals group along with MSD Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of US drug major Merck & Co, is setting up "Diabetes Clinics" to tackle diabetes in the country.

According to Apollo group chairman Pratap C Reddy, it is proposed to set up 200 sugar clinics across the country. With each clinic costing up to Rs 25 lakh, the entire programme involves an investment of over Rs 40 crore.

" We will set up 50 clinics in the next six months", Reddy said adding that all Apollo hospitals in the country would start offering these facilities in a month's span.

At present, two such clinics are operational in Hyderabad on a pilot basis. There is also a proposal to launch stand alone sugar clinics where the incidence of diabetes is high.

Stating that " this is a war against diabetes, which has reached epidemic level in the country", MSD Pharmaceuticals managing director, Naveen A Rao, said that MSD was only providing backoffice platform for the programme and " there is no financial part to it".

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