India needs gender specific drugs, says expert

January 7th, 2009 - 4:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Jan 7 (IANS) There is a need to manufacture drugs based on the different needs of males and females, says an expert.”Most of the drugs available in the market are made by keeping in focus the needs of men and in the whole process of manufacturing, we ignore the needs of women that are quite different from their male counterparts,” said N.K. Ganguly, advisor at the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, part of New Delhi’s National Institute of Immunology.

Ganguly was here Wednesday to inaugurate an academic session at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).

“We have developed around 30 life saving drugs in the last few years in India,” he pointed out.

He said: “Our medical education system is far from the reality of community needs. We manufacture drugs that are most of the times incompatible or unaffordable for our own people. We need an education system embedded with the community needs.”

Ganguly said chronic diseases are of great concern in the country as most of the times it takes a long time for doctors to detect the main cause of the disorder.

He emphasised on the need to develop a foolproof kind of medical education system that will be an amalgamation of both medicine and engineering inputs.

Talking about the changing needs in the field of medicine, Ganguly said: “There is a need for dedicated departments for ageing people in all the premier medical institutes of the country. Government is planning to open such institutes at various places including one at PGIMER here.”

“We need to reform and synchronise our system according to the changing needs. On the lines of the West, every educational institute of our country should have its own medical help unit equipped with latest technologies and trained professionals inside the campus,” he said.

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