Monday, 8 August, 2022
TopicPharmaceutical industry

Topic: Pharmaceutical industry

US FDA orders removal of ranitidine drugs from market over ‘carcinogen contamination’

Ranitidine is available in India under brand names of Aciloc and Zinetac but FDA specifically names Sanofi’s Zantac.

Govt gives Rs 15,000-cr boost to API and devices industry to check shortage amid COVID-19

The government hasn’t yet announced details of the policy, which seeks to make India self-reliant in the manufacturing of bulk drugs.   

India could ‘withdraw’ curbs on drug exports as pharma firms fear loss of business

In a meeting with govt officials, drug-makers flagged concerns that their clients may start buying products from other countries if restrictions on Indian products continued.

Shaken by coronavirus crisis, India looks to become bulk drugs major to cut China imports

Despite being the leading supplier of medicines across the globe, Indian pharma industry heavily depends on China for ingredients used to make even basic drugs.

India lists 38 drug raw materials for which it wants to end dependence on China 

In meeting chaired by Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, govt asks top Indian pharma firms to amp up production of these 38 raw materials, technically called APIs.

India’s supply of these medicines could be hurt by China’s coronavirus crisis

In a list sent to the Modi govt, pharma firms have said they could run short of 57 medicines if China shutdown continues due to coronavirus outbreak.

Pharma firms want govt to tweak ethics code, allow free samples, ‘educational’ foreign trips 

The proposal, criticised by patient-health activists, has been prepared by drug firms through the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance.

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.

Modi govt plans action against US writer who said Indian drugs are ‘flea-market quality’

In her May 2019 book Bottle of Lies, Katherine Eban accused Indian pharma firms of major lapses such as ‘toxic impurities’ and fudging data on quality control.  

India’s price control policy has destroyed drug manufacturers. This is how they can be saved

India has one of the lowest drug prices in the world, yet many Indians are deprived of life-saving drugs. Price controls haven't been enough to bridge this gap.

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Police detain Rahul Gandhi during a protest march from Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhawan against ED's interrogation of the party's interim President Sonia Gandhi in the National Herald case in New Delhi, on 26 July 2022 | PTI

Rahul Gandhi embraces his lineage as ‘family of sacrifice’, calls out obsessive Congress-haters

The two fake storylines of corruption and dynasty can now no longer be cloaked in the cruel realities of staggering inequality and charged communal relations. The gloves are off.
A suspension pylon in Tamil Nadu | Commons

You thought power subsidy is a Delhi-Punjab problem? Check out Tamil Nadu’s power sector mess

RBI data shows Indian discoms owe power generation firms over Rs 4.5 lakh crore, almost a third of which is owed by Tamil Nadu, where power subsidy cost is twice that of food subsidy.


The Flying Dolphin — how a former Indian Navy submariner qualified as a commercial pilot 

Vivek Chaudhary retired from the Indian Navy in 2017 after serving on the  Short-Service Commission. After that, his dreams took flight. 

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.