Tobacco use is the leading cause of cancer and death from cancer. In a move to reduce the consumption of tobacco products, the Ministry of Health sought to tax all these products, including bidis, at 28% and impose a higher rate under the new GST regime.
In order to promote competition between public hospitals, Niti Aayog decided to classify district hospitals on the basis of their performance on health indicators. There are about 700 district hospitals across the country to provide secondary health services to people.
In India, oncology treatment generally covers lakhs, particularly with certain lung, prostate and breast cancer drugs evaluated on a lakh per dose in some cases. Regulatory systems, diagnosis, treatment infrastructure and funding mechanisms must be tailored to the needs of patients.
The depression affects 86 million people in the region of Southeast Asia, said WHO, praising India for recently passing the bill on mental health care and called on nations to the quality of mental health services. This year's World Health Day focuses on depression, a persistent ailment, or a loss of interest or pleasure in things usually appreciated.
The government plans to examine current drug pricing controls to make medicines more affordable, while undertaking a "reengineering" of the NPPA price regulator to provide greater transparency with respect to industry claims Of the arbitrary implementation of the policy. It established a panel of joint Secretaries of the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Secretary of the NPPA and the India Comptroller General for Drugs (DGCI) , Among others, to recommend measures to make medicines more affordable.
The Cabinet of the Union has approved a Memorandum of Understanding between India and Australia on cooperation in the field of communicable diseases and mental health. The MoU will involve cooperation through joint initiatives in the health sector and strengthen bilateral ties between India and Australia.
Lucknow Chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written to the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting the addition of the words "spiritual well-being" in the official definition of "health". In a letter to Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO's Director General, the association highlighted the theme of World Health Day-2017 - Depression Let's Talk - as a reason for the demand.
A group of major national pharmaceutical companies, IPA has hit the government on the issue of drug price control, wondering if the country was following the rule of law for the sector. In a letter written to Niti Aayog's vice president Arvind Panagariya, the IPA said that the last two years have been disturbing for the national pharmaceutical industry due to the "arbitrary and imaginative" implementation of drug policy Prices of medicines.
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has ordered state pharmaceutical inspectors to maintain strict regulatory control over the manufacture, sale and distribution of oxytocin and to curb its abuse by manufacturers.
The government proposed a new set of rules for dealing with right to information requests, complaints and appeals and asked for suggestions to the public before April 15. The proposed rules to replace the 2012 ITR rules have been placed by the Personnel and Training Department (DoPT) on its website for public comment.