Saturday, 1 October, 2022

Topic: Medicines

Ranitidine off essential meds list but India still sells ‘cancer-causing’ antacid shunned by world

Known as Rantac and Zantac in India, ranitidine is still a heartburn go-to. But several countries suspended its sale in 2020 after it was found to contain cancer-causing compound.

4 patented HIV, hepatitis & TB drugs now on govt price control list. Controversial ranitidine cut

The latest National List of Essential Medicines released Tuesday includes 384 drugs — 34 medicines have been added to the list, 26 dropped.

No animal testing, human volunteers—how new-age ‘in silico’ trials will make drugs cheaper

Drug and medical device development through clinical trials can cost anywhere between $50 million to $1 billion. Computer-based testing can change that.

Western companies should supply essential medicines to Ukraine, not pull out entirely

Putin may not be swayed by the suffering of people. Any interruption of supply of medicines can create human misery without any gain.

Mumbai-based generics start-up Zeno Health to scale operations across India

Zeno has changed the way medicines are sold and consumed by aiding consumers to make informed decisions on their monthly medicine expenditure.

How desi Dolo 650 outsold MNC GSK’s Crocin, became India’s ‘favourite snack’ in Covid waves

Dolo 650 is now India’s favoured paracetamol brand, with sales of Rs 567 crore since March 2020. It’s even trending on social media and is the subject of memes.

Google parent Alphabet will use AI to discover drugs

Alphabet lab DeepMind’s algorithms have made huge advances in predicting shapes of proteins, a technology that could speed up development of new drugs & upend pharma industry.

Self-medication for Covid has turned disastrous. Families must not assume doctors’ role

The collective confusion over Covid-19 treatment has led to a compulsive, panic-driven behaviour among Indians. We must return to the idea of 'under doctor’s supervision'.

Drugmakers want Modi govt to defer revision of essential medicines list, cite Covid crisis

Drugmakers have also requested the government to consider ‘essentiality’ of the drug, and not its ‘turnover’, as the criterion for inclusion under NLEM.

Prices of some medicines could go up as cost of Chinese bulk drugs import surges

Drug makers have reached out to Modi govt with a proposal to bring a law under which price hikes could be made possible due to unforeseen factors.

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Wild elephants monitored under thermal UAVs in Maharashtra | RESQ Charitable Trust

We monitored wild elephants, leopards in villages with thermal drones first time in Maharashtra

Whether it's monitoring wildlife, mitigating conflict, capturing of wildlife on field, UAVs are effective tools to complement existing on-ground efforts.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.


File photo of former Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria after flying a MiG-21 of 51 Squadron at the Srinagar airbase | ANI

Famed IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG-21 Squadron bows out from Srinagar today

Known as the ‘Sword Arms’, number-plating of the squadron was done Friday. It has made way for MiG-29s to be the new 'guardian of the Valley'.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.