Tuesday, October 7, 2014

பொது மருந்து

Back in the summer of 2012, an episode of the extant television series ‘Satyameva Jayate’ posed a question to its viewers, “Does (Indian) healthcare need healing?” This was supplemented with information about the exorbitant costs of medicine and the work being done by Dr. Samit Sharma to bring those costs down. Dr. Sharma is the former President of the Rajasthan Medical Services Corporation (RMSC). He started dispensaries by the name of ‘Jan Aushadhee’ in many locations in Chittorgarh that sold generic medicines.

Inspired by his work, a group of students from BITS Pilani set out to work on creating an expansive database encompassing all types of medicines available in India. With some help from Dr. Sharma and months of rigorous data collection from NPPA (National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority) and various other sources, they launchedTrueMD on 17th June this year. The website has a database of over 1 lakh medicines. This search engine suggests generic medicines and cheaper branded alternatives that are exactly identical to the drug being searched.


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