The government has ordered a ban to the online sales of medicines until draft regulations regarding e-pharmacies are formed and issued. The drugs controller general of India (DCGI) V.G. Somani directed all states and Union territories to prohibit the sale of medicines through unlicensed online platforms. As per the paper quoted by the Central Drugs […]

Highlighting that India’s copycat drug sector is still plagued by quality issues amid rising global concern over tainted drug supplies, U.S. health care watchdog FDA has sent warning letters to three major Indian drugmakers in the last two months.  According to the reports, three major Indian drugmakers – Cadila Healthcare, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals and Lupin are […]

The health experts have warned that the resistance to commonly-used antibiotic clarithromycin is rising among Indian patients at a fast pace. The Additional Director, Department of Interventional Cardiology at Jaypee Hospital in Noida Dr Suni Sofat says that every medicine has its mechanism to treat diseases. There are multiple factors for the rise of resistance […]

India will soon see a definition and regulations for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, two years after considering a proposal regarding the same.The new law will have a separate schedule and stringent regulations on quality, advertisement and pricing of such drugs. OTC drugs can be brought by the customer directly, not like prescribed medicines which cannot be […]

The shortage of first-line antiretroviral therapy(ART) Zidovudine-Lamivudine combination drugs in Tamil Nadu puts HIV patients in trouble. The HIV/AIDS patients under this drug regimen are getting doses for a week due to short supply against recommended one-month dosage. According to the officials, this combination drug is in short supply all across the country. In Tamil […]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Bremelanotide (Vyleesi) to treat acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women as a self administered injection used subcutaneously 45 prior to anticipated sexual activity. THE PROBLEM STATEMENT: HSDD is characterized by low sexual desire that causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty and is not […]

The government has ordered the state drug controllers not to allow companies to sell the drug formulations in which the composition has been changed while retaining the old name. This order may affect several widely selling old household brands of medicine. According to the official sources, the Drugs Controller General directed state regulatory authorities on […]

The fresh guideline issued by MCI urging doctors to prescribe generic instead of branded medicines hasn’t found many takers. For instance, at PGIMER where the notification was endorsed by the administration two months back, the doctors continue to prescribe branded drugs. The notice issued by the MCI in September reads thus: “Every physician should prescribe […]

It’s ironic that while hospitals have counselors for patients, the same provision is often lacking for the doctors. Stretching his limits to the utmost, serving more number of patients a day than could be considered sane, the Indian doctor works under extreme stress. And it’s showing. Emotionally exhausted, high on stress As Dr.Keerthi Pai, a […]