Wednesday, 29 June, 2022

Topic: Drugs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Modi govt mulling options to enforce ban on e-cigarettes & e-nicotine flavoured hookah

The government is planning options to ban such smoking devices if it fails to get a reprieve from the Delhi High Court, which had earlier stayed its order to ban such products. 

Online pharmacies to become legal soon, buyers will just need image of prescription

The move, expected by month-end, will allow consumers to buy medicines by uploading images of prescriptions issued by registered medical practitioners.

More than half of Punjab’s prison inmates involved in drugs cases, says jails minister

Of the 24,000 inmates lodged in jails, over 12,000 are either convicted or facing trial under NDPS Act, says Jails Minister S.S. Randhawa.

To fight drug menace, J&K plans first centralised database of peddlers and smugglers

J&K Police will categorise peddlers according to degree of crime. State has asked for area-wise list of drugs available and district-wise list of suspected dealers.

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Biden calls on Congress to suspend gas tax for three months

Will US craft a new oil compact with Saudi Arabia? Joe Biden may have to eat his own words

Like many, India will be anxiously watching the US-Saudi Arabia summit in Jeddah—knowing its fate is tied to the decisions King Salman and Joe Biden make.
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Mukesh Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani to be named chair of Reliance retail

Isha Ambani, the current director of Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd., is expected to be announced as the chair as early as Wednesday.


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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.