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Remdesivir scam: BMC exonerated, govt urged to legislate against misuse of life-saving drugs
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Remdesivir scam: BMC exonerated, govt urged to legislate against misuse of life-saving drugs

In a New Year gift to the Shiv Sena (UBT) and the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, the Maharashtra Lokayukta has given a clean chit to the civic body from committing any irregularities or non-transparency into the alleged Remdesivir scam, raised by former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya. Mumbai, Jan 21 : In a New Year gift to the Shiv Sena (UBT) and the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, the Maharashtra Lokayukta has given a clean chit to the civic body from committing any irregularities or non-transparency into the alleged Remdesivir scam, raised by former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya. Simultaneously, the Lokayutka, Justice V.M. Kanade, has urged the Maharashtra government to enact suitable legislation to ensure availability of life-saving drugs at reasonable prices to the masses and preven...
WHO warns against contaminated child cough syrups after over 300 deaths
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WHO warns against contaminated child cough syrups after over 300 deaths

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued an urgent call for countries to crack down on substandard medical products, after more than 300 children died in multiple countries due to contaminated cough syrups. Geneva, Jan 25 : The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued an urgent call for countries to crack down on substandard medical products, after more than 300 children died in multiple countries due to contaminated cough syrups. Over the past four months, the WHO said, several incidents have been reported of over-the-counter cough syrups for children contaminated with high levels of diethylene glycol (DEG) and ethylene glycol (EG), Xinhua news agency reported. "These are toxic chemicals used as industrial solvents and antifreeze agents, which can be fatal ingested...
WHO alert against use of Indian cough syrups in Uzbekistan
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WHO alert against use of Indian cough syrups in Uzbekistan

The World Health Organization on Thursday warned against the use of two Indian cough syrups for children that have been linked to deaths in Uzbekistan. Geneva, Jan 12 : The World Health Organization on Thursday warned against the use of two Indian cough syrups for children that have been linked to deaths in Uzbekistan. The WHO said the products, manufactured by Marion Biotech, were "substandard" and that the firm had failed to provide guarantees about their safety, the BBC reported. The alert comes weeks after Uzbekistan alleged that 18 children died after consuming a syrup made by the company. The firm has not yet commented on the alert. After the deaths were reported in Uzbekistan, India's Health Ministry suspended production at the company. This week, the food s...
Frequent use of antibiotics may increase risk of inflammatory bowel disease
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Frequent use of antibiotics may increase risk of inflammatory bowel disease

Frequent use of antibiotics may increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) -- Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis -- in people over the age of 40, a new study has shown. New Delhi, Jan 10 : Frequent use of antibiotics may increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) -- Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis -- in people over the age of 40, a new study has shown. According to the study published in the journal Gut, the risk appears to be cumulative and greatest 1-2 years after use, particularly for antibiotics used to treat gut infections. In the study, more than 6.1 million people were included, and just over half of them were female. In total, 5.5 million (91 per cent) were prescribed at least one course of antibiotics between 2000 and 2018. Du...
Uzbekistan claims 18 children die after consuming cough syrup made by Indian firm
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Uzbekistan claims 18 children die after consuming cough syrup made by Indian firm

The Uzbekistan government has alleged that 18 children have died in the central Asian nation following the consumption of a cough syrup produced by an Indian pharmaceutical firm Marion Biotech. New Delhi, Dec 29 : The Uzbekistan government has alleged that 18 children have died in the central Asian nation following the consumption of a cough syrup produced by an Indian pharmaceutical firm Marion Biotech. "To date, 18 out of 21 children with acute respiratory disease have died as a result of taking Doc-1 Max syrup manufactured by the Indian company Marion Biotech Pvt Ltd," the Uzbekistan Health Ministry said in a statement. "It was found that the deceased children, before admission to hospital treatment, took this drug at home for 2-7 days 3-4 times a day, 2.5-5 ml, which ex...
US pharmacies limit sales of children’s medications amid ‘tripledemic’
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US pharmacies limit sales of children’s medications amid ‘tripledemic’

US pharmacies CVS and Walgreens are limiting purchases of children's pain-relief medications amid a winter "tripledemic" of respiratory viruses. Washington, Dec 21 : US pharmacies CVS and Walgreens are limiting purchases of children's pain-relief medications amid a winter "tripledemic" of respiratory viruses. CVS said in a statement it is restricting both in-person and online purchases of two children's pain relief products, reports Xinhua news agency. Walgreens has also limited online purchases of six over-the-counter fever reducers per transaction. "Due to increased demand and various supplier challenges, over-the-counter paediatric fever reducing products are seeing constraint across the country," Walgreens said in a statement. A spokesperson for the Department o...
Odisha govt asks officials to intensify raids against spurious medicines
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Odisha govt asks officials to intensify raids against spurious medicines

The Odisha government has asked the officials to intensify raids on stores selling spurious medicines in the state. Bhubaneswar, Dec 14 : The Odisha government has asked the officials to intensify raids on stores selling spurious medicines in the state. Health and Family Welfare Secretary Shalini Pandit has directed all field officers and enforcement squads to stay vigilant on the medicines coming from outside the state, and intensify the raids on all suspicious points, persons, stockists and shops. The officials were also asked to take stringent action against those found guilty. Extensive raids are being conducted on a regular basis and such actions will continue, said a senior official of the health department. Meanwhile, suspicious medicines were seized from six p...
Commonly available drug ‘carboplatin’ increases cancer’s cure rate: Study
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Commonly available drug ‘carboplatin’ increases cancer’s cure rate: Study

A recent study has revealed that a commonly available and inexpensive drug, carboplatin, increased the cure rate and survival of a very aggressive type of breast cancer, especially among young women. New Delhi, Dec 12 : A recent study has revealed that a commonly available and inexpensive drug, carboplatin, increased the cure rate and survival of a very aggressive type of breast cancer, especially among young women. According to the report by the Tata Memorial Centre, until the results of this study, there was no conclusive evidence that this drug should be routinely used as part of the treatment of this disease. "The study was a randomised controlled trial which enrolled women with stage II-III triple negative breast cancer from 2010 to 2020. They were divided into two gro...
Controversies continue to dog country’s first indigenous Covid vaccine
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Controversies continue to dog country’s first indigenous Covid vaccine

Covaxin, India's first indigenous vaccine for Covid-19, was recently hit by a row with allegations that external pressure to deliver the jab quickly forced vaccine-maker Bharat Biotech to skin certain processes and expedite clinical trials. Hyderabad, Dec 11 : Covaxin, India's first indigenous vaccine for Covid-19, was recently hit by a row with allegations that external pressure to deliver the jab quickly forced vaccine-maker Bharat Biotech to skin certain processes and expedite clinical trials. The vaccine development by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech International Ltd (BBIL) and regulator came under scanner after some media reports highlighting discrepancies in the process. The vaccine maker allegedly came under political pressure to accelerate the process by making cert...
More studies needed to prove Covid vax cause heart inflammation: Experts
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More studies needed to prove Covid vax cause heart inflammation: Experts

As more studies indicate heart inflammation among the young and healthy adults especially after the second dose, top doctors said on Sunday that this should not raise alarm bells as more conclusive studies are needed to prove that Covid-19 vaccines should be avoided. New Delhi, Dec 11 : As more studies indicate heart inflammation among the young and healthy adults especially after the second dose, top doctors said on Sunday that this should not raise alarm bells as more conclusive studies are needed to prove that Covid-19 vaccines should be avoided. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology has revealed that the risk of Myocarditis, Pericarditis or Myopericarditis (acute heart inflammation) is higher after the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. In this condition, ...