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A pharmacy in Jammu

Modi govt likely to ban 80 more ‘irrational’ drug cocktails by next month

The medicines that could be banned are antibiotics Orflaz, Nuforce 3 kit and Vaginobact, and hypertension drugs Telipril H and Ramtel H.
Representational image | Bloomberg

Nobel 2018 for medicine & chemistry is great news for science, but probably not patients

The pharma industry needs to do a better job of grappling with how success tends to bring out its worst instincts.
Representational image | Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

A needle in the eye promises improved treatment for blinding glaucoma

Projected to affect about 80 million people by 2020, the condition causes progressive loss of peripheral vision which ultimately leads to blindness.
Medicines | PxHere

Next blockbuster drugs should include existing ones

A growing crop of research, including a New England Journal of Medicine study, suggests there are gains to be made by better using drugs we already have.
China is working towards reinventing its pharmaceutical industry | Pxhere

Indian pharma firms lukewarm on China’s lowered drug tariffs considering lengthy approvals

The announcement was made to provide opening to Indian pharmaceutical firms to market their economically priced drugs.
Baba Ramdev

Patanjali is under the scanner once again for ‘post-dating’ their products

According to Facebook and Twitter users, boxes of the ayurvedic product that bore a ‘May 2018’ manufacturing date were found on counters in April.
Chinese drugs

India’s import of China-made medicines has increased 50 per cent in 4 years

The export of pharmaceuticals, especially generics and drug formulations, is one of India’s strengths. But China has been steadily eroding India’s advantage.
Medicines | PxHere

Trader’s margin on drugs for rare diseases may be cut to 30% from 4,000%

The treatment of rare diseases requires medicines categorised as ‘orphan’ drugs, which are mostly imported and cost a patient anything between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 4 crore per year.
Anil Kapoor Softovac

The reinvention of Indian drug-makers: They’re now selling FMCG products

Top pharma firms have recently launched over-the-counter products like sanitary pads and body washes. They’re even poaching FMCG talent to market them.

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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.