Corona crisis

While the death toll from novel coronavirus disease(COVID-19) has escalated to 1770, the Free Medicine Scheme run by the Gehlot government in Rajasthan is about to disrupt. According to a joint letter written by ten major companies who supply essential medicines to the Rajasthan Medical Services Corporation under this much-lauded scheme, the raw materials for […]

The newly revised National List of Essential Medicines(NLEM) may contain new advice on the antibiotics to be used for common infections and to be preserved for the most serious medical conditions. The experts’ committee appointed by the government will prepare a new National List of Essential Medicine(NLEM) to decide the group of antibiotics to be […]

A new warning from the US FDA has put the top-selling drugs, gabapentin and pregabalin, sold in India to treat neurological disorders under the blacklist. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned serious breathing difficulties may occur in patients using gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise, Horizant) or pregabalin (Lyrica, Lyrica CR) who have respiratory risk […]

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women. One of the painful facts is that of most women died of breast cancer, the reason was either late diagnosis or lack of access to affordable treatment. Now, WHO has prequalified its first biosimilar medicine ‘trastuzumab’, a move that could make this expensive, life-saving […]

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 […]