Shahid Akhter, editor, ETHealthworld spoke to Rohit Misra, MD-United Laboratories India Pvt. Ltd, Kolkata, to get a glimpse of neglected healthcare in rural Bengal and how United Laboratories has stepped in to bring a series of change in a phased manner.
What made you think of healthcare and when did you acquire United Laboratories ?
The scenario of healthcare has been not been so good in Odisha. We thought of bringing about a drastic change, bringing about something good that can contribute something good in the society as well as in healthcare. The year 2000 was a game changer for me when my father acquired United Laboratories India Pvt. Ltd and we thought to venture into healthcare.
Changes that you have introduced so far ?
United laboratory is a very old company. When we acquired it, we had around 6-7 products. We wanted to get into the rural segment, find the basic medication which is required for the people and we wanted to see that these medications are available. This is basically a contribution to the society and our main priority was to find affordability.
Our quality has been improvising since 2012 once we have acquired it. We basically want to improvise on our quality, we want to give very good quality products at affordable prices. This is our main priority and we are looking at a very high scale of research and development. We have included a lot of personals within 2017, we have a dedicated chemist and a team working on new formulations that can be given to the society. We are also doing a research on what kind of products are needed. We have increased the workforce at around 20 percent which will make it more effective on providing the quality. Our bottling capacity is totally automated, it has around 2000 litre capacity and we want to increase to around for 4000 by 2019. We want to setup a tablet manufacturing unit as well so we don’t have to do any third party manufacturing.
Your future expansion plans in healthcare segment ?
We want to change the overall healthcare scenario in Bengal and in India, specifically in the rural areas where people cannot afford medicines. We want to get into rural areas, provide good and large variety of medicines which can be useful for the people. The future plan is such that we will increase the portfolio for the products, get good affordable priced clinics where doctors can consult the patients at a low price, they can make them more aware of it and once that is done we can have a thorough range of polyclinics in the rural areas. We will try to set up as many community centres as possible within the areas where doctors and healthcare personals or professionals can come in, talk about how to lead a healthy life so that we can create stress free environment for the locals.