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Coordination between regulatory authorities & pharma sector will promote new technologies: Govt
By TOG News Service
Nov 21, 2017

TOG News Service, NEW DELHI, NOV 21, 2017: To enable a holistic view on access to medicines, including all medical products, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India and Indian Society of International Law with the support of World Health Organisation (WHO) has innaugurated 1st World Conference on Access to Medical Products and International Laws for Trade and Health in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, here on November 21, 2017.

The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. J P Nadda has stated that there is a need for promoting industry and academia collaboration for developing affordable medical products such that innovations and advances in medical sector reach a vast population. India is deeply committed nationally and globally in achieving all public health goals and also focusing on developing India as a hub for affordable medical devices, he added. Highlighting the importance of transparency between regulatory authorities and pharma sector, Mr. Nadda stated that the coordination between the National Regulatory Authorities and pharmaceutical sector will enable launch and registration of new health technologies. He further said that the dialogue on role of competition in competitive pricing and discussion on related WTO agreements influencing health should lead to a larger umbrella of suggested policy options for the government.

Addressing the conference, Mr. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State (HFW) said that research and development in public health should focus on two main aspects. To enable safe, effective and quality medical products for the diseases and rolling out the innovations and inventions along with the learning's from the field to the people. He further stated that the research and development should focus on making the cost of medical devices or products affordable to the people and highlighted the issue of Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR).

Dr. V.K. Paul, Member, NITI Aayog, Govt. of India stated that there is a need for investment in medical products for preventive therapy and treatment and highlighted the importance of affordability, quality, domestic production capacity and to create an eco-system of policy and innovation for greater accessibility of affordable medical drugs and devices. Dr. Paul further said that technology is an integral block for strengthening medical systems in any country and must also ensure timely maintenance of medical equipment by suppliers in remote and rural areas such that equipment functions effectively.