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Two of India’s top drug makers — Ipca Laboratories and Zydus Cadila — have received orders to produce anti-malarial drug chloroquine for the American market, amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic | Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

US FDA lifts curbs on India’s Ipca Labs to source malaria drug for COVID-19 treatment

Ipca Laboratories has been allowed to supply tablets as well as raw materials for making chloroquine phosphate & hydroxychloroquine sulphate.
A medic conducts screening of a patient as part of precautionary measure against coronavirus, at a government hospital in New Delhi | PTI Photo

Swiss firm Roche gets COVID-19 test license, India’s Mylab and Trivitron await govt nod

Once approved, these kits will be sold to private diagnostic chains such as Dr. Lal Path Labs, SRL Labs, Metropolis Healthcare among others to start community testing.
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After decaf and low-sugar drinks, it’s time for low-nicotine cigarettes

A New York-based company is seeking FDA's nod to market cigarettes with 95% less nicotine than conventional ones.
Thyroid eye disease causes the eyes to bulge outward

US approves first medicine for treatment of ‘rare’ thyroid eye disease

The medicine approved by US Food and Drug Administration is called Tepezza, which is manufactured by Irish drugmaker Horizon Therapeutics. 
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US warns of serious respiratory problems with two top neurological drugs used in India

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Vaping (Representational image) | Pax Devices Images by Cayce Clifford | Bloomberg

Vitamin E acetate in vaping liquid : What’s safe in your diet might not be in your lungs

Inhaling oils and other lipids can lead to deposition of oily droplets in lungs.

Indian drugmakers aren’t losing sleep despite getting a record 23 warnings from US FDA

American drug regulator FDA has issued warning letters to India’s top firms such as Lupin, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Torrent Pharmaceuticals, Aurobindo & Cadila.
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Major Indian drugmakers receive FDA warning over quality issues, tainted supplies

Cadila Healthcare, Glenmark Pharma and Lupin Ltd. are the latest medicine makers to be reprimanded by the US health care watchdog.
A new investigation has alleged that Johnson & Johnson was aware that its talc powders, contained cancer-causing asbestos

India to re-test Johnson & Johnson baby powder samples, after firm recalls batch in US

Last week, US Food and Drug Administration issued an alert that a particular lot of J&J’s baby powder had tested positive for asbestos — a carcinogen.
Johnson and Johnson baby shampoos. | Commons

Johnson & Johnson recalls baby powder batch in US after tests find cancer-causing asbestos

J&J has been under scanner for long, but this is the first time FDA has announced a finding of asbestos. Recent lab tests in India had found the product fit.

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Animals have come home. Covid-19 lockdown gives control back into nature’s hands

With people in India and elsewhere locked down in homes due to the coronavirus, the peaceful reclamation of public spaces by animals is teaching us important lessons.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

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Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

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.