TB patients may get free drugs from private pharmacies soon

Published in livemint | On January 11, 2018 New Delhi: Tuberculosis (TB) patients may get to access free TB drugs from private pharmacies soon, something they get only from government-run centres now. The Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), India’s highest drug advisory body, will consider relaxing the rules in this respect under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act […]

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New year, same old issues related to development

As indicated in the newly released World Malaria Report issued by WHO, there were 5 million more malaria related deaths in 2016, compared with 2015 (http://who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/malaria-report-response/en/?utm_source=WHO+List&utm_campaign=2844628e59-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_823e9e35c1-2844628e59-266668377). After some very intensive campaigns globally, the trends were showing positive traction. However, beyond treatment, it is really important to identify sources of the problem, and tackle it in […]

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Ayurveda, homoeopathy docs can take bridge course to practice allopathy: Bill

Published in Indian Express | By Abantika Ghosh |Updated on December 30, 2017 In a controversial provision, the National Medical Commission Bill 2017 envisages allowing Ayush practitioners (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) to practise modern (allopathic) medicine after clearing a bridge course. The Bill, introduced in Lok Sabha on Friday, by Union […]

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Despite shortage, India discards 1m blood units per year

Published in Times of India | By Radheshyam Jadhav |On December 28, 2017 India discards over a million units of blood collected every year, according to health ministry data. This is despite facing a severe blood shortage as only 9.9 million units are collected against the estimated annual requirement of 10-12 million units. The reasons […]

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