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A medic collects a sample of a woman for COVID-19 testing, during the ongoing nationwide lockdown, in New Delhi | Representational image | PTI

Hold up of Chinese imports disrupting Covid medical supplies: Pharma export body ‘SOS’ to govt

Pharmexcil, the apex pharma export body, has written to the Department of Pharmaceuticals seeking govt intervention, saying drug makers are facing acute disruption in manufacturing.
A pack of Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate medication | Bloomberg

Trump’s HCQ push still keeps US door open for India’s banned Ipca Labs

US FDA Tuesday reversed its chloroquine import waiver for Ipca but still allowed it to import hydroxychloroquine into the US.
Representational image | Flickr

Harvard-rejected Indian, old physiologist & Black surgeon made US’ ‘most versatile antibiotic’

In Pharma, Gerald Posner writes about how an unlikely trio working for a small US company called Lederle discovered Aureomycin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic in 1948.
Representational image of medicines | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Modi govt halts plan to stop medicine export as firms in coronavirus-hit China resume work

Govt panel formed to tackle ‘drug security concerns’ has decided to monitor situation after Indian embassy in China says several drugmakers there have resumed operations.
A pharmacy in Jammu

Don’t arrange hotels, sightseeing for doctors — Modi govt’s fresh warning to pharma firms

Latest warning from Department of Pharmaceuticals follows a conference of Indian Psychiatric Society in Kolkata. Companies told to adhere to ethics code.
Medicines | Representational image | Pexels

Govt to begin hunt for a commercially viable new drug molecule made in India

In a first, the Modi government plans to create a separate department for R&D with a focus on discovering new drug molecules.
Representational image | medicines | Source: Pxhere

Superbugs on the rise, India must regulate antibiotics to avert disaster

Since the 1980s, no new antibiotic has entered the market. We must safeguard existing antibiotics until viable alternatives are found.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.