ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Pharmaceuticals :Policy Vacuum

Policy Vacuum That changes of cabinet personnel directly affect the process of governance including policy-making in critical areas appears to have been entirely forgotten in recent decades. Transfers of bureaucrats apart, the reshuffling of ministers has time and again stalled the implementation of programmes as well as the formulation of policy. A case in point is the transfer of the energetic minister for chemicals and fertilisers, Suresh Prabhu, who has been replaced by the 70-year old Patwa. During his short tenure, Prabhu had applied his mind to his job, the development of the industry, and was in the process of finalising a new drug policy. That the minister saw the industry no differently from others and was disinclined to consider its intimate connection to health notwithstanding, there was some necessary movement towards codification and policy coherence. The numerous developments in the pharmaceutical industry and the ministry

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