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A vial of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine | Photo: Eduardo Munoz | Reuters via Bloomberg

India to get 7 million doses of Moderna vaccine, but indemnity puts question mark on when

The central govt has so far procured only vaccines manufactured in India. But Moderna vaccine will be a part of the national vaccination programme.
An Eli Lilly & Co. logo is seen on the cap of a pill bottle | Daniel Acker | Bloomberg

Eli Lilly inks licensing deal with Cipla, Lupin, Sun Pharma for Baricitinib to treat Covid

Baricitinib is currently registered in India for the treatment of moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis in adult patients.
Ramipril capsules move along the production line at the Lupin Ltd. pharmaceutical plant in Salcette, Goa | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

India-China flight disruptions could hurt global pharma supply chains

The US relies heavily on India to stock its medicine cabinets, and any slowdown in output could leave pharmacies short of drugs used regularly by millions of Americans.
The Indian Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu | ANI

India approaches US firms seeking investment in country’s pharmaceutical, medical sector

Last week, India's Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu held virtual meetings with top US pharma companies, including Pfizer, and said India is seeking to encourage investments.
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Pharma industry warns of Covid drug shortages as raw materials prices surge 200%

Pharma firms say suspension of cargo from China has resulted hoarding, driving up prices of raw materials, seek govt intervention immediately.

Faced with drugs shortage, Indian pharma asks envoy to stop Chinese cargo suspension

On 26 April, China suspended for 15 days cargo flights by Sichuan Airlines that transports medical supplies to India. India imports 70% of its pharmaceutical raw materials from China.
The India pharma industry has seen a record increase in exports, the highest growth in five years | Flikr

Demand for Covid vaccines, hydroxychloroquine pushes India’s pharma exports to 5-year high

Exports are expected to rise by over 16% this fiscal. The industry recorded less than 3% growth in 2014-15 and 2017-18. In 2016-17, there was negative growth of 0.59%.
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India ‘pharmacy to world’ but sector is fragmented, unorganised — foreign firms’ lobby says

Report highlights loopholes in distribution chain of pharma products, but also stresses on India’s important role in ‘promoting local and global health goals’.
Medicines | Representational image | Pexels

Cipla, Sun Pharma, Lupin on drug price watchdog’s new list of firms ‘overcharging consumers’

NPPA has issued a list of  ‘overcharging cases’ under litigation, which includes matters dating back to 1997 & those where firms have moved court against the allegations.
A pharmacy in Jammu

To boost pharma investments, Modi govt sets up panel to revamp policies & draw up action plan

The expert panel, consisting of 5 members from the industry and a govt official, has highlighted archaic labour laws & flawed definitions of fast-tracking mechanisms as hiccups. 
A farmworker monitors the burning of rice crop stubble in the Patiala district of Punjab (representational image) | Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

A solution to stubble burning that gets to its root cause

Encouraging farmers in the western Indo-Gangetic Plain to give up rice will take considerable effort, but the benefits are clear.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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