Tuesday, 25 January, 2022
TopicPlasma therapy

Topic: plasma therapy

Who will apologise for plasma therapy? It was a disaster for Covid-19, govt hospitals knew

Hospitals shelved ICMR's reports that plasma therapy wasn't good. It was still rolled out, and people paid the price.

Why India finally scrapped plasma as Covid treatment, 7 months after ICMR said it doesn’t work

ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava had revealed plans to take plasma therapy off the possible treatments’ list in October, but Indians kept scrambling to arrange it.

Plasma therapy can be used in moderate Covid cases, says IMA after new govt guidelines

The govt has revised the clinical guidance for Covid treatment, dropping the off-label use of convalescent plasma as it was not found beneficial.

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India now drops plasma therapy from Covid management guidelines, says its ‘not beneficial’

The decision came after a meeting of the ICMR where members were in favour of removing plasma therapy from the guidelines citing its ineffectiveness & inappropriate use in many cases.

Plasma therapy not effective, likely to be dropped from clinical management guidelines

This comes in the backdrop of some clinicians writing to the Principal Scientific Advisor cautioning against the "irrational and non-scientific use" of convalescent plasma.

RECOVERY trial finds plasma doesn’t improve survival in hospitalised Covid patients: Lancet

The study cautions against the use of plasma therapy due to insufficient evidence on its efficacy.

IAS officer launches online portal for plasma donations to aid Covid crisis

Abhishek Singh, Deputy Commissioner in Delhi, launched the portal ‘United by Blood’ a week ago to handle 'information asymmetry' about blood plasma donations.

Growing plasma, remdesivir use will help Covid virus mutate, become stronger: Ex-ICMR scientist

Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, face of ICMR during Covid briefings last year, said India could become breeding ground for several mutants if it does not adhere to evidence-based treatment. 

Plasma therapy for Covid ‘irrational, non-scientific’, change guidelines, experts ask govt

In open letter, group of 18 clinicians & public health professionals say studies show plasma therapy holds no benefit for Covid patients, & note govt itself is unconvinced of its efficacy.

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Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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