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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

Indian firms Ipca, Zydus Cadila get big US orders for chloroquine to fight COVID-19

Anti-malaria drug is one of those being tested as a cure for coronavirus, and US FDA has placed the order after President Trump’s endorsement of it.
A medical worker screening people for COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir (representational image) | Photo: ANI

These 5 anti-viral drugs and therapies could help treat COVID-19

Researchers and pharmaceutical giants across the world are scrambling to find a cure for coronavirus which has been declared a pandemic.
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.
Representational image of medicines | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Year after HC order, Modi govt to act against e-pharmacies selling drugs without licences

Quoting Delhi HC's December 2018 orders, India’s drug regulator has written to all states & UTs to take necessary action with respect to online sale of medicines.
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Big Pharma has failed. It’s been 35 years since a new class of antibiotics entered the market

Antibiotics are among the most important medicines known to humankind, but we are running out of it.
A pharmacy in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal

Indians pay 70% less than the global median to buy medicines, study finds

A study compared the prices of drug compounds across the world and found that only Thailand, Kenya, Malaysia and Indonesia are cheaper than India.
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Danish firm gets FDA approval for oral diabetes pill, no word yet on India launch

India has 7.2 crore people with diabetes and oral pills will help them avoid the pain of puncturing themselves again and again.
A pharmacy in Dandong, China | Photo: Nelson Ching | Bloomberg

India again lobbies with Beijing to sell its generic medicines amid US-China trade war

Modi govt has asked China to provide quick clearances for made-in-India drugs at the India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue meet held between 7-9 September.
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.
A medicine shop | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

To fix quality of Indian drugs, Modi govt plans to tighten transportation & storage laws

Govt has stepped up the process after recent controversies raised question marks on the quality of drugs being manufactured in India.

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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.

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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.