Medicine

  • Government mulls bringing cancer, AIDS drugs under price control May 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Drug prices regulator NPPA is looking at bringing medicines used for treating diseases such as cancer, AIDS and malaria under the price control mechanism. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority met recently to consider ways of bringing medicines, which are not covered by the list of essential drugs, under...
  • Will try to bring down drug prices by 25-40 per cent: Ananth Kumar May 28, 2014

    Fertiliser and Chemicals Minister Ananth Kumar on Wednesday said he will talk to pharmaceutical companies and try to bring down prices of essential drugs by 25-40 per cent. Taking charge of the ministry, which has Department of Pharmaceuticals under its ambit, Kumar said the government is already working to bring down...
  • Highest number of newborns die in India annually May 20, 2014

    London: More than seven lakh newborn babies die in India every year, the highest number of such deaths globally, a new study has claimed. Each year 5.5 million babies enter and leave the world without being recorded and one in three newborns - over 45 million babies - do not...
  • CJ follow-up: No improvement in the condition of Alwar hospital February 23, 2014

    CJ Samar Gupta had filed a report exposing the lack of basic medical facilities in a government run hospital in his hometown of Alwar in Rajasthan. Two years later, Samar followed up on his story only to find that the condition has only become worse. ...
  • Bio-science incubator to be launched in Bangalore soon February 17, 2014

    Bangalore: In heartening news for science researchers, an exclusive bio-science incubator is all set to be launched in Bangalore. It is a high-end expensive equipment, but needed for a capital intensive sector like research in biotechnology, be it making medicines, medical equipment or new techniques for agriculture. The bio-science lab run...
  • I took medicines made from Tiger bones: Jackie Chan February 16, 2014

    Hollywood Actor Jackie Chan recently stated that he used medicines derived from Tiger bones to try to soothe his muscles when he practiced martial arts but said they never worked. In an interview, Jackie Chan said that it was a myth that animal products can be used as cures. He...
  • Ambulance hijacked with sleeping worker inside February 10, 2014

    Albuquerque: Authorities say an Albuquerque ambulance worker catching some sleep in the back of his vehicle woke up to find himself the victim of a carjacking. Police have arrested a man and a woman accused of driving off in the ambulance around 3am Saturday while it was parked outside Lovelace Medical...
  • If humans spoke the way internet headlines are written February 5, 2014

    The age of Internet headlines is here. If you are a copy writer you would appreciate the agony of testing 15 headlines to see which one would work. Hugely popular media sources like Upworthy and Buzzfeed have raised the bar of how an internet headline should be written to make...
  • Preliminary probe into Jharkhand medicine 'scam' begins February 1, 2014

    The Vigilance Bureau has begun a preliminary investigation into a Rs 1,800 crore medicine scam in Jharkhand. An FIR would be lodged after the preliminary investigation was complete, Additional Director General of Police Niraj Sinha said on Saturday. The investigation was ordered by Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Wednesday on the utilisation of...
  • WB: Mamata Banerjee announces free medicine, diagnostic services in hospitals January 4, 2014

    The West Bengal government on Saturday announced that it will provide free medicine and diagnostic services in its hospitals and health centres to benefit a large section of people dependent on state healthcare. "Henceforth, all vital and essential medicines and all available diagnostic services (except those run on PPP mode) will...
  • Vardhman Pharmaceuticals under scanner for producing spurious drugs October 16, 2013

    Shimla: Vardhaman Pharmaceuticals, a private company in Himachal Pradesh, is under scanner for producing spurious drugs. CNN-IBN has accessed details showing how the company is producing spurious drugs. The licence of Vardhaman Pharmaceuticals lapsed in 2009. The company manufactured fake drugs and labelled them with the government supply stickers. These fake...
  • Fire In The Blood: Why this documentary is so important October 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Dylan Mohan Gray's hard hitting documentary 'Fire In The Blood' has generated a good buzz throughout the globe. Now, the film has been released in India and is receiving rave reviews. Dylan speaks about the struggle and the wide canvas he covered during the research for 'Fire In...
  • Ashok Gehlot criticises Vasundhara Raje for 'fake free medicines' remark October 17, 2013

    Jodhpur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday criticised Vasundhara Raje for her claims that the medicines being distributed under his government's free medicines scheme were fake. "By doing so, she has attempted to infuse distrust in the people of the state not only about the government scheme but also the...
  • Medicine Nobel winners: Rothman, Schekman, Sudhof October 7, 2013

    The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded jointly to Americans James E Rothman, Randy W Schekman and German-born Thomas C Südhof for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells. Below is a brief profile of the three winners. The 2013...
  • Two Americans, German win Nobel medicine prize October 7, 2013

    Stockholm: The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded jointly to Americans James E Rothman, Randy W Schekman and German-born Thomas C Südhof for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells. The 2013 Nobel Prize honours the three scientists who have...
  • To live and die with dignity, we need Morphine at Hospitals September 4, 2013

    A million people with cancer and many millions more with other incurable diseases are in agonizing pain in India due to the lack of availability of morphine and other Opioid medicines (An Opioid is any psychoactive chemical that resembles morphine in its pharmacological effects). The World Health Organization (WHO) states...
  • Indian-origin cardiologist named White House fellow August 30, 2013

    Kapil Parakh, an Indian-origin cardiologist working in Washington area, is among a dozen people chosen by the White House for its prestigious fellowship programme for 2013-14. A Zambia University graduate, Parakh is the director of heart failure at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre and assistant professor in the Departments of...
  • Government will soon finalise FDI policy on pharma sector: Chidambaram August 13, 2013

    Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said the government will soon finalise the foreign investment policy on brownfield pharmaceutical projects, paving the way for clearance of held-up proposals. "...I believe the discussion (with regard to FDI in brownfield pharmaceuticals) between the Ministry of Commerce and Prime Minister and others is...
  • Adulterated drugs: Evidence against Ranbaxy likely to be furnished in SC August 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Evidence in a case against Ranbaxy is likely to be furnished in the Supreme Court on Monday. Earlier in August, the Supreme Court while replying to a petition seeking cancellation of Ranbaxy's manufacturing licence had said that the petitioner can file the documents to prove that the company...
  • SC to hear PIL on the pricing of drugs in India August 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday will hear a PIL by the pharma companies on the pricing of medicines in India. The PIL was filed by four pharma firms who challenged the Delhi High Court's order to reduce the prices of certain medicines. These pharma companies were also asked to...
  • Odisha woman undergoing tubectomy wrongly gets small intestine cut August 3, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: A 22-year-old woman who underwent a tubectomy at a government hospital in Odisha is battling for life after the doctor mistakenly cut the small intestine instead of the fallopian tube, an official said on Friday. The life-threatening surgical mistake occurred during a government-organised camp where women could get the tubectomy...
  • 24 medicines in Jammu and Kashmir sub-standard: CDSCO August 3, 2013

    Srinagar: As many as 24 medicines currently available in the hospitals and chemist shops across Jammu and Kashmir have been declared as "sub-standard" by two premier drug testing laboratories of the country. Central Drugs Laboratory, Kolkata and Regional Drugs Testing Laboratory, Chandigarh had analysed 156 samples drawn by drug inspectors...
  • Medicines worth Rs 66 lakh seized July 31, 2013

    A large quantity of medicine valued at Rs 66 lakh were seized on Wednesday from a school premises near the Sadar hospital in Bihar's East Champaran district, official sources said. Acting at the directive of the District Magistrate Vinay Kumar, SDO Pankaj Kumar raided the premises of a training school and seized the medicines, the sources...
  • Adulterated drugs: SC dismisses PIL against Ranbaxy June 25, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL against Ranbaxy. The court in its order said that there is no evidence to show that the pharma giant manufactured substandard drugs. The apex court also said that the petitioner failed to bring in evidence against Ranbaxy. The PIL was filed...
  • Railways to carry relief material free to Uttarakhand June 25, 2013

    New Delhi: The railways announced on Monday it would carry relief material for the Uttarakhand flood-victims without any charge for 15 days from Tuesday. "Food items, medicines, clothes, building materials, utensils etc, will be carried to Uttarakhand free of cost by coaching trains for a period of 15 days, from June...
  • Three men allegedly gangrape medical student in Udupi June 21, 2013

    Udupi: A medical student was allegedly sexually assaulted in Udupi, Karnataka on Friday. The 22-year-old medical student from Manipal University was kidnapped and allegedly gangraped by three men. No arrests have been yet made in the case. More details are awaited. ...
  • EU fines Ranbaxy, others for blocking cheaper drugs June 19, 2013

    Brussels: European antitrust regulators fined nine drug makers, including Denmark's Lundbeck and India's Ranbaxy, a total of 146 million euros for blocking the supply of a cheaper anti-depressant to the market, the first EU sanction against such deals. The punishments follow a 2009 report by the European Commission on the pharmaceutical...
  • SC to hear PIL seeking a ban on Ranbaxy drugs today June 11, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear a PIL on Tuesday seeking a ban on Ranbaxy drugs. The petitioner cited the pharma giant's case in the US - where Ranbaxy USA admitted to selling substandard and adulterated drugs. The pharma giant was asked to pay a fine of 500 million...
  • Centre gives over Rs 500 crore for alternate medicine June 9, 2013

    New Delhi: The central government has given more than Rs 500 crore to various states for bringing AYUSH (ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha and homeopathy) forms of medicine into the mainstream. During 2009-13, Rs 553 crore was given to states and union territories for mainstreaming AYUSH under the National Rural Health Mission...
  • PIL in SC against Ranbaxy for manufacturing adulterated drugs June 5, 2013

    New Delhi: A Public-interest litigation (PIL) has been moved in the Supreme Court against Ranbaxy Pharma. The PIL is seeking prosecution of all Ranbaxy directors and sealing of its manufacturing units at Paonta Sahib and Devas. This was based on Ranbaxy USA's 500 million dollar settlement with the US for...