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A pharmacy in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal

India could avert medicine shortage as bulk drugs start arriving from coronavirus-hit China

While major supply has started arriving through sea, some cargoes 'airlifted' by the government on behalf of pharma companies have also started coming in.
A bhang shop in Jaisalmer (Representational Image) | Flickr

How bhang became such an integral part of Holi

The festival of colours has long been associated with getting high. What's the connection?
Medicines (representative image) | pexels.com

Modi govt restricts exports of common drugs on fear of coronavirus shortages

The drugs include over-the-counter painkiller and fever reducer paracetamol and finished pills that include it.
People in masks outside the Shanghai railway station

Govt to fly raw material from coronavirus-hit China for Cipla as shortage fears continue

There are fears that supply of essential medicines — including for HIV & cancer — may dwindle if supply chains in coronavirus-hit China don’t normalise soon. 
Aspirin tablets

What are APIs and how they threaten India’s status of a ‘pharmacy to the world’

Despite being a leading supplier of medicines to several countries, India is highly dependent on China for raw materials even to produce medicines as basic as Crocin.
Drugs in India

Prices of Paracetamol, other bulk drugs jump as coronavirus crisis stokes fear of shortage

The price rise won't affect consumers since pharmaceutical companies are not allowed to push up prices of key drugs by more than 10% per year.
Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta (second from left) at the press conference Friday

Two Chinese drones used to ‘smuggle drugs’ to Pakistan seized, Army Naik arrested

Police say drones were being launched from the Indian side to fly into Pakistan to pick up payloads of narcotics. No drugs have been recovered yet from those arrested.
Drugs in India

India’s price control policy has destroyed drug manufacturers. This is how they can be saved

India has one of the lowest drug prices in the world, yet many Indians are deprived of life-saving drugs. Price controls haven't been enough to bridge this gap.
Opioid drugs

Taking opioids for chronic pain: The truth no one’s telling you

Current evidence indicates that widespread, long-term opioid prescribing for chronic pain is likely to cause more harm than benefit in society.
The Modi govt categorised Hydrocodone and five other drugs as 'essential narcotic drugs' after the law was amended in 2014 to recognise the use of narcotics in pain relief | Pixabay

Why sale of Naloxone, a life-saving drug that reverses opioid overdose, is falling in India

Use of Naloxone in India has dropped by nearly half since 2014 — from 30,000 units to 15,700 units in 2018-2019.

On Camera

Representational image of lockdown in Spain | Bloomberg

How Spain tragically bungled its response to coronavirus

Spain ignored the health crisis unfolding in Italy & dithered before imposing draconian lockdown measures that could have saved thousands of lives.

How is Modi’s BJP different from the one founded by Advani-Vajpayee 40 years ago?

Forty years ago, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani founded BJP. Today it's led by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo, who have won two general elections with full majority.

Defence

Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

5 Special Forces men, 5 terrorists: How a deadly hand-to-hand fight at the LoC unfolded

Five commandos of the elite 4 Para were killed in action after they eliminated 5 terrorists from Pakistan in close combat in J&K’s Keran sector.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.