Monday, 17 January, 2022
TopicPharmaceuticals

Topic: Pharmaceuticals

Drugmakers cry ‘monopoly’ as Modi govt picks 1 firm each to make over 20 key raw materials

PLI scheme is supposed to end India’s dependence on Chinese imports, but drug lobby says firms could end up dependent on one company for a molecule, increasing patients’ bills.

Swiss study links higher-dosage paracetamol tablets to poisoning

Based on the findings, researchers from ETH Zurich have said people should not keep popping paracetamol tablets if the recommended dose fails to ease their pain.

Drugmakers want Modi govt to defer revision of essential medicines list, cite Covid crisis

Drugmakers have also requested the government to consider ‘essentiality’ of the drug, and not its ‘turnover’, as the criterion for inclusion under NLEM.

Kodak is becoming a pharma company, and investors are loving it

The photo company is attempting to enter a low-margin commodity market with no particular advantage outside of the Trump administration's industrial policy.

Punjab Police busts ‘Agra gang’ supplying pharma opioids worth lakhs to 11 states

Punjab Police have arrested 20 people with allegedly a huge cache of drugs, drug proceeds and five vehicles, in an operation that spanned over 8 weeks.

Bought for Rs 9, sold at Rs 108 — uproar in Punjab as activist reveals ‘big chemist profits’

Baljinder Singh Jindu’s ‘expose video’ has earned them the wrath of the state’s chemists and a Punjab govt probe, and many supporters too.

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.

Why India saw only 4 pharma products launched in April, its lowest count ever

The pharma industry has seen a fall of about 99% in new product launches since April 2019, when 349 products were launched.

Govt removes restrictions on exports of formulations made from Paracetamol

The government on 3 March had put export restrictions on 26 pharmaceutical ingredients and medicines, including paracetamol.

Angry chemists threaten to boycott Cipla products if it ventures into e-pharmacy business

Over 8.5 lakh chemists say they will ‘sideline’ and ‘stop promoting’ Cipla if reports of its tie-up with online pharmacy Medlife turn out to be true.

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of Congress, a forerunner of women's question in India | PTI

Be it Congress, BJP, AAP—women’s question in India is a partisan issue. And that’s not so bad

India's woman question tests party imagination. Congress's focus on Nirbhaya, Unnao rape victim, and BJP's Uniform Civil Code show how.
President Xi Jingping addressing a meeting

Nations must secure global supply chains, prevent inflation shocks: Xi Jinping at WEF

In his 3rd address to World Economic Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said 'we need to resolve various risks and promote the steady recovery of the world economy'.

Defence

HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
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Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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