With this issue The Pharma Review will complete 16 years of publication. And what a journey it has been. As 2018 comes to an end, it's time to once again thank all our advertisers, readers, associates and contributors. Without the support of all in unison, we would not be where we are. Way back in Dec 2002 we pledged to Bringing You Information and Providing You a Platform. We diligently follow that quest.

Though the Indian Healthcare industry has made great strides over the last 5 decades, the overall health infrastructure is far from being satisfactory. No doubt the incidences of infant mortality, infectious diseases, fungal infections inter alia are showing positive descending trends. However life style related diseases are growing at a alarming rate. These require long and costly treatments and are a huge burden on the economy. Given the fast growing population, India needs a robust health care system, incorporating the best technologies to create superior and cost effective public health care.

Prof. Harkishan Singh, one of our stalwarts of the academia, turned 90 this year. He has documented the journey of Indian pharmacy like no other and still continues to do so. The Pharma Review wishes Prof. Singh many more years of healthy life and inspiring writing.

The highly successful P-Mec/CPhI India Expo, after completing 11 years in Mumbai, comes to Delhi NCR for the first time and will be held at the India Expo Centre Greater Noida from the 12th to 14th of December. This will be part of the 3rd edition of The Pharma Week from 9th to 14th December where 9 events will take place focusing on Business, Leadership, Knowledge, Innovation, Recognition and Networking. An estimated 50000 Pharma professionals from 122 countries will converge. An opportunity not to be missed.

Our association with this event has been since its inception. Every year it was like a pilgrimage to "battle ground" BEC, Goregaon - the hustle and bustle of hundreds of cars, taxis, autos; the traffic jams and snarls; thousands of visitors; long queues for just getting a snack; bumping into friends in all the chaos - all very nostalgic. One gets a sence of missing it all. But no taxis and autos for us this time. We get to drive to the event in our own car!

This issue will also find its way to the 11th edition of Asia Pharma Expo, Dhaka, the largest ever in Bangladesh. That event will be held from 31st Jan to 2 Feb 2019, over a hundred thousand sqft floor area with over 700 exhibiting countries. Another opportunity not to be missed.



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