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Healing the Pharmacy of the World An Inside Story of Medical Products Manufacturing and Regulation in India

Author Name: K.L. Sharma | Format: Paperback | Genre : Educational & Professional | Other Details

Indian pharmaceutical industry, it is argued, has democratized the availability, accessibility and affordability of medicines. Everyone, rich or poor, can now get them at a fraction of the cost of branded drugs. However, the allegations about their suspect quality, if true, pose questions of life-and-death for the unsuspecting consumers. Is it the messiah supplying the low-cost quality medicines across the globe or is it the precursor for the ultimate indigence of the unsuspecting millions consuming poor-quality generic medicines? In the absence of any evidence, it remains an inexplicable enigma. This book by a public policy practitioner of four decades who steered drug regulation in the Government of India unravels the truth.

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K.L. Sharma

A career civil servant of four decades standing, K.L. Sharma has a ringside view of the governance in India.  He organized all the meetings of the Union Cabinet and its Committees and remained present in them from 2004 to 2014. For nearly a decade, he trained the middle and senior-level government officials on writing proposals for the Cabinet and Cabinet Committee at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie and the Institute of Secretariat Training & Management, New Delhi.

Between 2014 and 2017, he worked as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He streamlined the processes and rationalized rules for regulation of drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and clinical trials. His stewardship witnessed prohibition of the irrational Fixed Dose Combinations in 2016; conduct of the largest ever drug survey 2014–16 involving over 47,000 samples; risk-based inspections of the pharmaceutical manufacturers and surprise inspection of the wholesale pharmacies in Delhi in June, 2017.

Post retirement, he lives in Gurugram, Haryana with his family.



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