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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.
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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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Tribal women in Jharkhand capital Ranchi get ready to mark the Ram temple bhoomi pujan Wednesday | ANI

Dalits have a special place in the new Hindutva matrix. Ram Mandir is proof of that

Besides Kameshwar Chaupal, a Dalit member of the temple's trust, SC and OBC leaders such as Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti and Vinay Katiyar were at the helm of Ram Janmabhoomi movement.
Two amazon packages

These are the sweeping changes Amazon India is making for its first Prime Day since Covid

This time, thousands of Amazon employees will coordinate the sale from their homes, and packers, sorters and deliverymen will follow stringent hygiene protocols.

Defence

Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.