Himani Chandna

Himani Chandna

Himani Chandna is a Delhi-based journalist covering the business of healthcare, pharmaceuticals, human resources and brands

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Pfizer to lose patent of drug Viagra, Indian companies gear up with copycat versions

Pfizer’s patent for the formulation of Viagra, used to treat impotence in men, ends in the US in 2020.
With pharmaceutical giant Pfizer set to lose the patent of its blockbuster drug Viagra in the US, Indian companies are gearing up with copycat versions of the iconic blue pill, hoping to tap into a lucrative market.(Reuters Photo)
With pharmaceutical giant Pfizer set to lose the patent of its blockbuster drug Viagra in the US, Indian companies are gearing up with copycat versions of the iconic blue pill, hoping to tap into a lucrative market.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2018 09:19 AM IST
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How will 2017 be for the job market? Find out

Planning to change your job this year? Might not be a good idea! You might not find many job openings in 2017. The job market is headed for yet another dull year with many employers already on ‘wait and watch’ mode. In fact, hold on to your present job as companies might start handing out pink slips, recruitment experts warned.
The job market is headed for yet another dull year in 2017 with many employers already on ‘wait and watch’ mode.(Shutterstock)
The job market is headed for yet another dull year in 2017 with many employers already on ‘wait and watch’ mode.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 02, 2017 12:36 PM IST
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Digital management, data analytics, to be top job drivers next year

Next year, your boss will expect you to learn digital management skills, data analytics, and back-end software programming.
Next year, your boss will expect you to learn digital management skills, data analytics, and back-end software programming.(AFP)
Next year, your boss will expect you to learn digital management skills, data analytics, and back-end software programming.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 30, 2016 11:05 AM IST
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Pharma firms focus on OTC to hedge price cap

Facing regulatory challenges due to price control, pharmaceutical companies, specialists in selling prescription medicines, are increasing their focus on over the counter (OTC) drugs.
Facing regulatory challenges due to price control, pharmaceutical companies, specialists in selling prescription medicines, are increasing their focus on over the counter (OTC) drugs.
Facing regulatory challenges due to price control, pharmaceutical companies, specialists in selling prescription medicines, are increasing their focus on over the counter (OTC) drugs.
Updated on Dec 23, 2016 11:02 AM IST
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Soon, all medicines may be sold online

Even though the online sale of drugs is considered illegal, the drug committee in its report submitted to the health ministry has give it a go ahead.
The number of weekly online shoppers has gone up by 33% since last year. The number of daily shoppers has increased fourfold from 2013 to 2015.(Hemant Mishra/ Mint)
The number of weekly online shoppers has gone up by 33% since last year. The number of daily shoppers has increased fourfold from 2013 to 2015.(Hemant Mishra/ Mint)
Updated on Dec 21, 2016 10:33 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Violations force government to train pharma workers

Since the reputation of India that is known as the pharmacy to the world is at stake, the government has begun sending health ministry staff to drug manufacturing hubs to train workers in good manufacturing practice. The training sessions will continue for five years.
For the next five years, health ministry officials will visit different drug manufacturing hubs to train workers.(AP)
For the next five years, health ministry officials will visit different drug manufacturing hubs to train workers.(AP)
Updated on Dec 20, 2016 11:06 AM IST
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ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

No card machines, no cash: Medicine sales decline 20%

Painkillers, antibiotics and medicines for cough and flu, mainly those that are purchased for daily use, have seen the highest decline in sales.
Painkillers, antibiotics and medicines for cough and flu, mainly those that are purchased for daily use, have seen the highest decline in sales.(Hemant Mishra/ Mint)
Painkillers, antibiotics and medicines for cough and flu, mainly those that are purchased for daily use, have seen the highest decline in sales.(Hemant Mishra/ Mint)
Published on Dec 14, 2016 11:27 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Now B-schools to take a page out of demonetisation

Popular business schools, including Faculty of Management Studies, MDI Gurgaon, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), among others, are planning to introduce projects or chapters on demonetisation to understand how the move will help curb black money.
Popular business schools are planning to introduce projects or chapters on demonetisation to understand how the move will help curb black money.(Illustration: Jayanto)
Popular business schools are planning to introduce projects or chapters on demonetisation to understand how the move will help curb black money.(Illustration: Jayanto)
Updated on Dec 13, 2016 04:13 PM IST
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ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Social media turns good medicine for doctors, hospitals

Social media – WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Viber – is slowly evolving into more than a platform for sharing pictures, videos and chats. From searching doctors to posting feedback about hospitals and treatments, they are helping doctors reach out to patients, guide them for treatments, provide post-surgery counselling and create close-knit support communities.
From searching doctors to posting feedback about hospitals and treatments, social media is helping doctors reach out to patients, guide them for treatments, provide post-surgery counselling and create close-knit support communities.(HT Photo)
From searching doctors to posting feedback about hospitals and treatments, social media is helping doctors reach out to patients, guide them for treatments, provide post-surgery counselling and create close-knit support communities.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 12, 2016 10:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna and Jyotindra Dubey, New Delhi

Demonetisation takes the sheen off gold sales

Buyers are shying away from buying gold, the traditional favourite for parking money, thanks to the ongoing cash crunch and the fear of coming under the tax radar.
Buyers are shying away from buying gold, the traditional favourite for parking money, thanks to the ongoing cash crunch and the fear of coming under the tax radar.(PTI)
Buyers are shying away from buying gold, the traditional favourite for parking money, thanks to the ongoing cash crunch and the fear of coming under the tax radar.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 10, 2016 12:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna and Mahua Venkatesh, New Delhi

Lower salary hikes likely next year; hiring shrinks in major sectors

Employees are expected to see an average 10% increase in salary in 2017 -- lower than the 10.3% rise doled out this year. However, after taking into account the inflation effect, the hike would be a meagre 4.8%, according to the latest report by global consultancy Korn Ferry Hay Group.
Employees are expected to see an average 10% increase in salary in 2017 -- lower than the 10.3% rise doled out this year. However, after taking into account the inflation effect, the hike would be a meagre 4.8%, according to the latest report by global consultancy Korn Ferry Hay Group.
Employees are expected to see an average 10% increase in salary in 2017 -- lower than the 10.3% rise doled out this year. However, after taking into account the inflation effect, the hike would be a meagre 4.8%, according to the latest report by global consultancy Korn Ferry Hay Group.
Updated on Dec 09, 2016 12:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Demonetisation could take away 400,000 jobs;e-com to be worst hit

With demonetisation set to reduce India’s economic growth by 1% over the next one year, the job market is likely to see over 400,000 job cuts.
Construction workers work at a site as the sun sets in Chandigarh December 16, 2006. REUTERS/Ajay Verma/Files(REUTERS)
Construction workers work at a site as the sun sets in Chandigarh December 16, 2006. REUTERS/Ajay Verma/Files(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 08, 2016 10:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Firms line up measures to ease payday woes for staff

Indians need cash, especially to pay domestic helpers, newspaper vendors and milk-sellers, among others.
Indians need cash, especially to pay domestic helpers, newspaper vendors and milk-sellers, among others.(REUTERS)
Indians need cash, especially to pay domestic helpers, newspaper vendors and milk-sellers, among others.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 01, 2016 11:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna and Vandana Ramnani, New Delhi

Global play schools eye India play

Teaching is no more only about chalk and duster. Chances are your child is likely to learn colours, numbers and shapes while playing soccer as well.
Teaching is no more only about chalk and duster. Chances are your child is likely to learn colours, numbers and shapes while playing soccer as well.(Illustration: Abhimanyu)
Teaching is no more only about chalk and duster. Chances are your child is likely to learn colours, numbers and shapes while playing soccer as well.(Illustration: Abhimanyu)
Published on Nov 30, 2016 10:12 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

We have to reinvent footwear business for the Indian youth: Thomas G Bata

It was a hectic day for Thomas G Bata. He had just launched a new Bata shoe store in Ambience Mall, located in south Delhi’s swish Vasant Kunj area.
Thomas G Bata, 67, the chairman of Switzerland-headquartered Bata Shoes, was in Delhi for the launch of a new store in Ambience Mall.(HT Photo)
Thomas G Bata, 67, the chairman of Switzerland-headquartered Bata Shoes, was in Delhi for the launch of a new store in Ambience Mall.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 29, 2016 01:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Steps of change: Iconic footwear brand Bata heads for a makeover to lure youth

With youth on mind, Bata is heading for a makeover. It also displayed its new youthful range of footwear during an event in New Delhi on Saturday.
With youth on mind, Bata is heading for a makeover. It also displayed its new youthful range of footwear during an event in New Delhi on Saturday.
With youth on mind, Bata is heading for a makeover. It also displayed its new youthful range of footwear during an event in New Delhi on Saturday.
Updated on Nov 27, 2016 11:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Companies take the discount route to lure consumers

Companies, including Flipkart, Amazon, Grofers and Pepperfry, are offering attractive discounts to win over consumers.
Over the last fortnight, 100% orders on Zomato have been paid online and our order volumes have increased significantly, said the spokesperson at Zomato, an online food ordering platform.
Over the last fortnight, 100% orders on Zomato have been paid online and our order volumes have increased significantly, said the spokesperson at Zomato, an online food ordering platform.
Published on Nov 24, 2016 10:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna and Jyotindra Dubey, New Delhi

Women are as ambitious as men: Survey

It’s official. Women are as ambitious as men.
The latest survey conducted by American human resource consultancy ManpowerGroup says 34.7% of men and 33.8% of women aspire to assume leadership roles.(HT Archive)
The latest survey conducted by American human resource consultancy ManpowerGroup says 34.7% of men and 33.8% of women aspire to assume leadership roles.(HT Archive)
Published on Nov 22, 2016 11:07 AM IST
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Cash crunch: Firms offer costly drugs, devices on EMIs

Finding it tough to buy expensive medicines and medical devices due to the cash crunch? Worry not, help is at hand. Leading drug and medical device makers have found ways around the problem.
Leading drug and medical device makers have found ways around the problem.(Shutterstock)
Leading drug and medical device makers have found ways around the problem.(Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 21, 2016 11:01 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Tata Vs Cyrus Mistry: Lessons from the battle for Bombay House

The ongoing war of words between Rata Tata and Cyrus Mistry in one of the biggest boardroom coups in India’s corporate history offers multiple learnings, for both employees and bosses, claim human resource managers.
Bombay House is Corporate office of Tata Sons in Mumbai.(Hemant Mishra/ Mint)
Bombay House is Corporate office of Tata Sons in Mumbai.(Hemant Mishra/ Mint)
Updated on Nov 18, 2016 10:56 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Adidas launches Rs 21,000 shoes made with waste

Ever thought of wearing a pair of shoes made with junk floating in the oceans? German Sportswear company, Adidas, has broken new ground with its new range of shoes made from recycled ocean waste. It will launch 60 pairs in India as well.
An employee of Adidas, poses with a shoe of the German sportswear giant in Germany.(AFP)
An employee of Adidas, poses with a shoe of the German sportswear giant in Germany.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 15, 2016 11:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Tata-Cyrus spat has a new address: B-school textbooks

In the Tata-Mistry scuffle, the lesson will be on ‘how strong governance principles and processes could be when some of the key stakeholders have fundamental differences on one or more areas’.
In the Tata-Mistry scuffle, the lesson will be on ‘how strong governance principles and processes could be when some of the key stakeholders have fundamental differences on one or more areas’.
In the Tata-Mistry scuffle, the lesson will be on ‘how strong governance principles and processes could be when some of the key stakeholders have fundamental differences on one or more areas’.
Updated on Nov 11, 2016 12:30 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna

Trump’s anti-tariff stance on drug import cheers companies

Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential elections may create a new set of opportunities for Indian generic drug makers. Trump is expected to remove the restrictions on drug imports as he said this would give American patients greater access to drugs manufactured abroad.
Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential elections may create a new set of opportunities for Indian generic drug makers. Trump is expected to remove the restrictions on drug imports as he said this would give American patients greater access to drugs manufactured abroad.
Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential elections may create a new set of opportunities for Indian generic drug makers. Trump is expected to remove the restrictions on drug imports as he said this would give American patients greater access to drugs manufactured abroad.
Updated on Nov 10, 2016 02:16 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Part of your salary comes in cash? Employers likely to change pay structure

Do you get part of your salary or reimbursements in cash? Then your employer may have to re-think the remuneration rollout.
Closed banks and ATMs in Thane on Wednesday due to demonetization arrangements.(PTI)
Closed banks and ATMs in Thane on Wednesday due to demonetization arrangements.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 10, 2016 07:33 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

B-school grads look for work security, ditch startups for summer internships

New Delhi B-school graduates are not just shedding their entrepreneurial ambitions, they are also shying away from picking internship offers at startups, thanks to household names such as PepperTap, AskMe and Tiny Owl shutting shop last year.
New Delhi B-school graduates are not just shedding their entrepreneurial ambitions, they are also shying away from picking internship offers at startups.(Hindustan Times)
New Delhi B-school graduates are not just shedding their entrepreneurial ambitions, they are also shying away from picking internship offers at startups.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 08, 2016 06:53 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Crocs to open 55 new outlets in India

Eyeing the Indian market, Crocs plans to set up 55 more company-owned outlets and 450 multi-brand retail points by next year.
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, with Prince George wearing a pair of crocs in England on June 14, 2015.(Getty Images)
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, with Prince George wearing a pair of crocs in England on June 14, 2015.(Getty Images)
Published on Nov 07, 2016 10:27 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna

‘Sick’ PSU Hindustan Antibiotics looks at global market to boost earnings

Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd’s current revenue is around Rs 80 crore.(HT Archive)
Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd’s current revenue is around Rs 80 crore.(HT Archive)
Published on Nov 01, 2016 10:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

A ‘sweet’ relief for diabetes patients as drug prices drop to half

According to a conservative estimate, a diabetic on gliptin treatment saves more than Rs 9,000 a year on medicine.
According to a conservative estimate, a diabetic on gliptin treatment saves more than Rs 9,000 a year on medicine.(Shutterstock)
According to a conservative estimate, a diabetic on gliptin treatment saves more than Rs 9,000 a year on medicine.(Shutterstock)
Published on Oct 25, 2016 12:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Too much of Ramdev on TV? Patanjali in an ad drive

Do you get the feeling that you are seeing more and more of yoga guru Baba Ramdev these days while surfing TV channels and even social media? Little wonder -- Ramdev’s brand Patanjali has increased its on-air advertisement manifold and become the third biggest advertiser in India behind Hindustan Unilever and Dettol-maker Reckitt Benckiser.
Baba Ramdev with Patanjali products.(HT Archive)
Baba Ramdev with Patanjali products.(HT Archive)
Updated on Oct 24, 2016 11:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna and Jyotindra Dubey, New Delhi

DCGI may ban 300 more fixed-dose drugs

After banning almost 350 fixed-dose combination (FDC) drugs, government is evaluating a ban on 300 more such drugs.
After banning almost 350 fixed-dose combination (FDC) drugs, government is evaluating a ban on 300 more such drugs.(Shutterstock)
After banning almost 350 fixed-dose combination (FDC) drugs, government is evaluating a ban on 300 more such drugs.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 20, 2016 01:27 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi
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