Monthly Archives: September 2011

Amazon Fire tablet pricing and capabilities and associated competitiveness

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Sept 28, 2011) described the $ 199 pricing for the Amazon Fire – a color tablet that works using wi-fi, has a smaller screen (7 in) than the iPad, has free access to … Continue reading

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Should the Indian govt squeeze foreign acquisitions of its drug companies ?

A Wall Street Journal article (Sept 27, 2011) describes worries by the Indian govt regarding the future impact of foreign acquisitions of its local drug firms – Abbot buying Piramal Healthcare and Daiichi Sankyo buying Ranbaxy Labs Ltd. The worry … Continue reading

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Preventing cholera in Bangladesh by used folded saris

A New York Times article (Sept 27, 2011) describes the historic levels of cholera that persisted when sweetened drinks were strained using a sari (made of cotton fabric) because microorganisms are smaller than the pores in the fabric. A research … Continue reading

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Village Health volunteers and health care success in Thailand

A New York Times article (Sept 27, 2011) describes the role of Village Health volunteers – one million strong in a nation of 65 million, who watch for disease outbreaks, spread warnings wen detected and thus curb infectious diseases. These … Continue reading

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Lost cost diagnosis and Supply Chain Impact

An article in the New York Times (Sept 27, 2011) describes efforts in a lab to use small postage size paper bits to diagnose mold and bacteria.  One impact of a low cost test for mold is diagnosis of aflatoxin, … Continue reading

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Nokia volume drops and supplier impact

A Wall Street Journal article (Sept 27, 2011) describes the declining fortunes of Nokia and its impact in suppliers. These suppliers are described as finding that Apple and Android based smartphones are using custom built components that are closed to … Continue reading

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FDA responsible for generic drug shortages ?

An article in Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/aroy/2011/06/24/drug-shortages-the-new-death-panel/) describes strong FDA enforcement of Good Manufacturing practices with zero tolerances for generic manufacturers. Any violation causes shut down of a production line, with alternate suppliers requiring lengthy permissions to ramp up to compensate. In … Continue reading

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