Tuesday, 28 June, 2022

Topic: pharmaceutical

India banks on Hyderabad’s ‘Pharma City’ to break China’s stranglehold over drug supplies

India’s $42 billion drug manufacturing industry relies intensely on China, which supplies almost 70% of the active pharmaceutical ingredients that go into making medicines.

Western companies should supply essential medicines to Ukraine, not pull out entirely

Putin may not be swayed by the suffering of people. Any interruption of supply of medicines can create human misery without any gain.

Pandemic can’t be allowed to devastate nations because of sophisticated, one-sided WTO rules

For President Joe Biden to take a stand against pharmaceutical companies is no small matter. His presidential campaign was the near sole beneficiary of pharma largesse in 2020.

Antidepressant Escitalopram ‘linked to suicidal thoughts’, must carry strongest warning — govt

Citing FDA warning, India's drug regulator starts examining warnings, prescribing information and package inserts given by Indian drugmakers manufacturing Escitalopram.

J&J’s new flu drug flop shows how difficult it is to fight viruses

Johnson & Johnson stopped developing the drug pimodivir in the final stage of testing it for patients with influenza A, the most common cause of flu, after a study indicated it won't work.

How a Chinese firm jumped to the front of the global Covid vaccine race

China’s pharma industry has been dogged by safety incidents & quality scandals. But in recent years, hundreds of Chinese scientists trained in the West have come home.

Cheers to health! This was a decade of drug breakthroughs – from Cancer to Hepatitis C

Multiple new categories of medicines have moved from dreams & lab benches into the market and people’s lives. Now they need to become affordable.

Indian-born pharma tycoon John Kapoor faces 15 years in jail for America’s opioid crisis

John Kapoor is accused of leading a racketeering conspiracy that helped fuel US opioid crisis with bribes to boost prescriptions of a highly addictive painkiller.

Hundreds of colleges came up amid India’s pharma boom. Here’s why govt wants no more

India has barred new pharma colleges until 2021-22 to check poor-quality institutes looking to tap the industry’s growing popularity.

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.

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J.P.Singh, joint secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran Division), MEA, meets Taliban's interim foreign minister Amir Khan Mottaki | Photo credit: Twitter/@QaharBalkhi

Hard-nosed, practical—why India has revived relations with Kabul, and why Taliban is welcoming

By protecting the Indian embassy in Kabul for the last ten months, the Taliban is sending a message to its neighbours and the rest of the world.

Central banks in Asia spend billions to bolster weakening currencies against rising US dollar

Learning from the 1997 Asian financial crisis, central banks have been accumulating dollars to help defend their currencies during periods of wild market swings.


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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.