It is a well-known fact that India is at par with US, Europe and
Australia when it comes to medical treatment and facilities but is
considerably less expensive. Unfortunately, patients seeking
medical treatment in India have to bear the burden of on line
appointments which can take several weeks to months and have to be
backed by comprehensive documentation which can only be from
specific Indian hospitals.
The E Visa system would be a boon for any patients seeking quick
medical visas to India. The online applications for medical visas
would only require scanned copies of medical prescriptions from
government accredited hospitals. Nearly 100 countries are already
eligible for this type of visa but India has yet to join this
The good news is The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs after
intervention from the Prime Minister's Office has agreed to be
a participant in the 'medical' E Visa Program. This
announcement is likely to be made after the current session of
This short term medical visa to India will have a 30-day
validity and can be extended up to one year. This new relaxed visa
application could bring billions of dollars in medical tourism to
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The food processing industry one of the largest industries in India is widely recognized as a 'sunrise industry' in India having huge potential for uplifting the agricultural economy, creation of large scale processed food manufacturing and food chain facilities, and the resultant generation of employment and export earnings.
One of the potential threats for manufacturing and sale of food/health supplements such as "Dietary food supplement", "Food supplements", "Nutritional supplements", "Health supplements", is its categorization in the category of "Food" or "Drugs", as there is a very thin line between "drugs/ medicines" and "nutritional supplements".
In its Cabinet Note in December, 2014, the Government of India proposed significant amendments to the Consolidated Foreign Direct Investment Policy, 2014 (''FDI Policy'') with respect to India's medical device industry.
Although in countries like the United States of America and New Zealand, drugs to be prescribed by medical practitioners are allowed to be advertised directly to consumers/patients and are regulated by the respective department of the Government in charge of drugs in the country, the same practice is not followed or encouraged in India.
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