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Representational image of medicines | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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.
Disposable cameras, batteries, and film for sale at a Kodak Image Center Solutions location in Glendale, California

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.
Opioids are a class of drugs naturally found in the opium poppy plant

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.
Social activist Baljinder Singh Jindu posted the video on Facebook

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.
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.
File photo of pills moving through a sorting machine at a pharmaceutical plant in Andhra Pradesh | Sara Hylton | Bloomberg

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.
paracetamol

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.
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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.
Medicines (Representational image) | ThePrint

Now, an oral drug to treat deadly kala-azar — IIT Hyderabad says it’s faster, better

Researchers at IIT Hyderabad say the pills will ensure controlled release of the drug used to treat the disease, bettering a patient's chance of survival.
A pharmacy in Shanghai (representational image) | S.Q. Lai/Bloomberg News

After giant pharma push, China keeps Indian drug makers waiting

It was in July last year that the Chinese government had reached an agreement on reducing tariffs on the import of Indian medicines.

On Camera

File photo of PM Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh | PTI

Modi govt was handed weak data institutions by Congress, but it ruined them further

The BJP’s 2014 manifesto promised ‘real-time data’. Now, the Modi government has no data on migrant workers’ deaths during Covid pandemic.
A man holds a Rs 2000 banknote | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Are people holding on to cash after lockdown? New RBI data seems to suggest so

Data shows a sharp increase in cash holding after the lockdown was imposed in March. The demand for Rs 2,000 notes has surged, say bankers.

Defence

Indian Navy warships | Representational image | Twitter | @indiannavy

China, India signal each other on might in Indian Ocean Region, amid tensions on land

A PLA Navy task force is understood to have entered Indian Ocean Region as China seeks to project its dominance. India is keeping a close watch on waters around the country.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why India’s triple crisis needs Modi to de-escalate & disengage from divisive politics at home

Covid, China and economy are intense, intertwined crises that need political space and confidence. Responsibility to create them doesn’t lie with opposition.