January 26, 2012

Talks on with pharma firms to check prices

The State government is in talks with the pharmaceutical companies to control the rising prices of medicines, Minister for Health Adoor Prakash has said.

He was speaking at a curtain raising programme here on Thursday after releasing the brochure for the Global Ayurveda Festival scheduled to be held from February 9 to 14. He handed over the first copy to C. Retnakaran, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Kerala University of Health Sciences.

Addressing ayurveda practitioners and students at the event, he asked them not to be led by unreasonable profit motives. At a time when new diseases were emerging, the traditional ayurveda sector could make a significant contribution towards promoting health and well-being, he said.

Pointing out that more students were taking up ayurveda in the recent times, the Minister hoped that the global festival would reaffirm the significance of this Indian branch of medicine to the world.

Presiding over the function, Deputy Speaker N. Sakthan called for a holistic approach by integrating streams of medicines like ayurveda, allopathy and homeopathy.

Jnanpith award winner O.N.V. Kurup, who was the chief guest, said the Ayurveda system took roots with a vision to save people and it was ‘primarily and fundamentally not for sale.'

The festival's organising committee working chairman G.G. Gangadharan said that the purpose of the festival was to propagate ayurveda in India and abroad. A host of programmes including an international seminar on ayurveda for Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), health expo, students' conclave, and buyer-seller meet have been planned for the event.

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MyGrahak said...

Rising medicine prices is really a big issue today. The pharma companies shamelessly provide commission to the doctors and clinical stores. What is more shameful is the fact that even doctors trade a patient's health for money. Medicine is no longer a noble profession as it was used to be. It has become worse due to corruption. Doctors have turned themselves into money minting machines and hospitals are here to do extract money from patients. The situation is pathetic and needs to change immediately.

Divya Bhaskar

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