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Generic medicines in a digital age -Dinesh S Thakur & Prashant Reddy T

the European Union have ensured that generic drugs are therapeutically equal to the innovator drug by making bioequivalence (BE) testing compulsory. This means that generic formulations are tested on Healthy volunteers to ensure that they have the same physiological characteristics as their innovator counterparts. These BE studies are much cheaper and carry little risk when compared to clinical trials conducted by the company that gets approval for th

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India's polity has shifted from hope to fear, and PM Modi knows it -Aman Sethi

gender either, they are praying to god (78%), and preparing for an arranged marriage (84%) with an obedient wife(51%) from the same caste (36%). And they are anxious – about everything: the Health of their parents, family problems, maintaining their tradition and culture, their jobs and their looks. The survey found 55% of youth to be highly anxious, and 26% to be moderately so. These numbers have profound implications for the future o

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Centre cracks whip, no stent can be withdrawn, for now -Sushmi Dey

ailable with the government to resume normal supply of the coronary stents, it has been decided to invoke the powers of Section 3 (i) of DPCO, 2013...," the DoP said in a letter issued to Abbott Healthcare. Sources said similar letters had been sent to all stent manufacturers. Please click here to read more.

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Cancer has exploded in Bihar as lakhs of people drink water poisoned with arsenic -M Rajshekhar

king: “When you entered this hospital, did this look like a cancer hospital or a general hospital?” One reason this hospital is receiving so many patients is the dismal state of public Healthcare in Bihar. Government hospitals are understaffed and poorly equipped. While the state has seen a jump in the number of private hospitals, most of them are too expensive for middle income and poor families in the state. Most of them, Ghosh said,

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Tribals want govt to scrap 1979 order denying sterilisation access -Dipankar Ghose

r-old order passed by Madhya Pradesh, which bars them from undergoing sterilisation. An order passed by the erstwhile undivided Madhya Pradesh government on December 13, 1979, issued by the Public Health and Family Welfare Department, placed restrictions on the availability of sterilisation services to certain tribes called Primitive Tribal Groups at the time. The PIL, filed by the Baiga families and members of two More »

Govt's generic push will dent Rs 90,000-cr branded pharma market -Veena Mani & Aneesh Phadnis

, instead of branded generics as they do now. Though the plan was first announced in this year’s Budget, the prime minister spoke about it for the first time at a public event on Monday. The Health ministry has now started working on amending the Drugs and Cosmetics Act to this effect. “Indian patients may face quality issues without price benefit as intense competition among marketers will lead to incentivising a chemist,” say

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Home ministry blocks foreign funds for NGO that supported Health ministry's anti-tobacco drive -Menaka Rao The Public Health Foundation of India had been working on government programmes since 2010. The Ministry of Home Affairs has barred the Public Health Foundation of India from receiving foreign funding by revoking its registration under the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act. The ministry cited the organisation’s lobbying against tobacco use as one of the reasons for the move. H

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Cheap generic vs costly branded: Issues in picking right drug in India -Kaunain Sheriff M

and preferably in capital letters” were not there originally. Also, the UPA government had from time to time, issued circulars and instructions to government hospitals and Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensaries to “prescribe generic medicines” to the “maximum extent possible”. In December 2012, the UPA government had issued a “statutory direction” to state governments under sections of the Dru

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Rival govts unite on sex test action -Arnab Ganguly

and female foeticide. Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh of the Congress today responded to a Twitter appeal from his Haryana counterpart, Manohar Lal Khattar of the BJP, and ordered the Punjab Health department and police to launch a crackdown on sex determination centres operating in Punjab. "I appeal to Punjab chief minister to deal with illegal sex determination centres firmly to ensure a bright future for all women," Khattar ha

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