Generic drugs vs branded debate

The recent move by the Modi government to make prescribing of generics compulsory has raised a lot of hackles. The objections have been pretty predictable. Obviously, the pharma companies are up in arms because they make most of their money from selling branded drug...

All doctors need to become patientologists

Doctors take pride in mastering the scientific minutiae of medicine . On the top of the medical hierarchy are the super specialists - the ones who have a lot of technical expertise in a very narrow slice of medicine. They're usually looked up to by other doctors becaus...

Do doctors charge too much ?

A doctor's income seems to have become an extremely sore issue in this day and age. Lots of people, right from the average citizen to the PM , feel that doctors charge way too much. Their belief is that medicine is supposed to be a noble profession,  and doctors should...

The embryo as a patient

What can we do differently in the next IVF cycle?

When an IVF cycle fails, the first question patients ask is "What went wrong?" And the second question is "What can we do differently the next time? Is there something new  we can try out , which will help us to increase the chances of getting pregnant?"  Now this is a...

Surrogacy ? or donor egg ?

I just received this email from a patient My date of birth : 24/7/73 (43 years old) My partner date of birth : 11/3/76 (41 years old) Trying to conceive 4 years, since May 2013 One previous pregnancy in June 2013, first month of trying, ended in early miscarriag...

What do IVF success rates really mean ?

The commonest question patients ask IVF doctors is, "What is your success rate?" It's an easy question to ask, but the answer can be extremely misleading and therefore you need to be careful how you interpret the number. For one, a lot of doctors just lie to you , and...

Why do IVF doctors abandon their patients?

Most IVF patients are mature enough to realize that the success rate in an IVF cycle is never going to be a 100%. No matter how perfect your embryos are; how good your doctor is; and how easy the transfer is , we still have no control over implantation, and cannot predi...

How to identify a bad IVF clinic

It's very difficult for patients to decide which the right IVF clinic for them is.  Even though they know this is a crucial decision, the fact is that for most patients all IVF clinics seem pretty much the same. Their websites are very similar ( and many sites copy the...

How to reduce IVF anxiety

Lots of patients are very scared of doing IVF. This is partly because they've heard lots of horror stories about how IVF babies are abnormal, or that the hormones will make them fat, or that if they grow too many eggs, they will either get menopausal sooner, or start ge...