The case of spurious drug kingpin: Shifting pills in Chennai | March 19, 2019


  • Health, Ethics and Law Institute, FMES, Mumbai
  • eSocial Sciences, Mumbai
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Venue: Library Conference Hall, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India
Synopsis:  The public lecture by Dr. Sarah Hodges critically re-examined our collective common sense about fake drugs and global health, as well as the politics of health in colonial and postcolonial India. Her talk explored issues of commodification of drugs, lack of transparency, testing of drugs for quality and safety, and the role that larger pharmaceutical market and neoliberal policies play in deciding the quality of drugs. The discussion that followed Dr. Hodges’ talk encouraged the participants to look at larger issues related to drug procurement, public health enforcement bureaucracy and its relationship with pharma industry, as well as to think about the issue of drug quality and the different terminologies used to describe the quality and safety of drugs – spurious, illegal, fake, sub-standard, counterfeit, falsified, and sub-standard.
Speaker: Prof. Sarah Hodges, Phd. from the University of Chicago


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