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Pharma group denies PM Modi had warned companies against unethical marketing

ThePrint had reported that PM Modi told pharma companies to stop bribing doctors. IPA secy general had said he didn’t have any information about such a meeting.
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Leave phones outside doctor’s chamber: IMA branch after PM’s bribe warning to pharma firms

Local chapter of IMA in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara has issued certain guidelines for doctors during their interactions with medical representatives.
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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.
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Modi govt allows 15-20% price hike in medicines that have ‘innovations’

Govt to allow pharma firms to increase price of drugs that are re-launched with “innovations” such as reduced side effects, or user-friendly administration techniques like skin patches.
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These common antibiotics have new side-effects & will now come with warnings

India's drug watchdog tells manufacturers of Cefixime, Cefotaxime, Ofloxacin and 4 other drugs to ensure warnings on leaflets in drug packets. 
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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. 

On Camera

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The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
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Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.