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Nearly 400 cancer medicine prices slashed by up to 87%

The move will result in annual savings of around Rs 800 crore for patients, the Modi government said Friday.
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India is not just a premier vaccine manufacturer, it can develop new vaccines too

Dr Renu Swarup, secretary of the government’s Department of Biotechnology, talks about the state of Indian health technology and what the future holds.
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Doctors may not realise it, but conflict of interest is norm in medicine

Field studies have shown that doctors change their practices to reciprocate gifts and favours. 
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Expired medicines, no doctors & equipment: What audit of India’s govt health scheme found

CAG report shows in 17 states, including Gujarat and West Bengal, equipment for ultrasound, X-ray and ECG lie idle due to lack of doctors.

Blockchain coming to India’s aid in war on fake drugs

The government plans to track and authenticate the drugs at each stage of their journey from pharmaceutical companies to the patient’s home.
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Why India is not ready for Modi government’s generic medicines-only diktat

Blatantly fostering generics will boomerang sooner or later if the regulatory system for quality checks is not made robust.
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Modi govt’s ailing affordable drugs scheme may get a new lease of life at private chemists

Govt wants pharmacists to reserve extra rack to boost sales of its low-cost generic drugs; may amend law to ensure compliance
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India’s import of China-made medicines has increased 50 per cent in 4 years

The export of pharmaceuticals, especially generics and drug formulations, is one of India’s strengths. But China has been steadily eroding India’s advantage.
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After chief’s transfer, govt wants to turn drug price regulator into ‘market research agency’

The NPPA was behind capping the prices of knee implants, stents and medicines.
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Audit smells a scam in affordable drugs scheme: Medicines sold above MRP, rules flouted

Govt’s internal auditor slaps department running the jan aushadhi scheme with charges of misappropriation, excess spending, and low quality control.

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Sri Lanka terror attack: Did the world let its guard down on ISIS?

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the serial suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, which have killed more than 300 people till last count.


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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.