Monday, 24 January, 2022

Topic: FDA

Swarms of bugs, missing data plague firms now making heart drug in India

Inspection reports by US federal agency FDA stated that workers destroyed records indicating that drugs were failing key quality measures.

New book warns Americans against ‘flea-market quality’ Indian generic drugs

Bottle of Lies by journalist Katherine Eban accuses Indian pharma firms of fudging data on quality control and toxic impurities, among other major lapses.

US drug authority says some sleeping pills have serious side-effects, need warning on label

The drugs — eszopiclone (Lunesta), zaleplon (Sonata) and zolpidem (Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, Intermezzo, and Zolpimist) — are commonly prescribed in India too.

Modi govt writes to J&J for details on surgical pelvic mesh after US ban

Govt has sought details on the number of the pelvic meshes that Johnson & Johnson has imported into India in the last 3 years.

Sales of pelvic surgical mesh for women could be stopped in India after US ban

The US FDA stopped the sale of the surgical mesh, used to treat the abnormal descent of the pelvis in women, due to a rise in adverse complaints.   

US drug authority warns Indian homoeopathy firm after it finds insects & rodents at factory

Noida-based B.Jain Pharmaceuticals exports homoeopathy medicines to several countries, including US. It also sells products in India for treatment of diabetes, liver ailments.

How India’s culture of ‘jugaad’ is challenging the US drug agency

'Jugaad', translated as creative improvisation, is credited with the rise in technology and drug making in India. But it can have a darker connotation -- get it done at all costs.

Pfizer’s Viagra patent set to end in the US, Indian pharma firms sense huge opportunity

Seven get FDA approval to produce the drug, could send prices crashing in the US by nearly 99%.

This is how GM crop Golden Rice could solve Vitamin-A deficiency in Asia

US food and drug regulator approves Golden Rice for consumption; among Asian nation, Philippines and Bangladesh lead in research and testing of GR2E.

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Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.


File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.