Thursday, 1 December, 2022

Topic: Medicines

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How Ranbaxy faked manufacturing data for all drugs not only in India, but in US, Europe too

Ranbaxy was treating data as an entirely fungible marketing tool, apparently without consideration of impact on patients. It was an outright fraud.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

On Camera


Prannoy Roy in Abu Dhabi

You can call NDTV elitist, anglicised. But it defended democracy, gave us Ravish Kumar

In all these years of covering elections on NDTV, I do not recall a single occasion when I was asked or even hinted to say or not say something. I disagreed with Prannoy Roy off-screen and on-screen and that was never a problem.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.


A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.