Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:03 July,2020

Ahmedabad staring Remdesivir shortage in the face

AHMEDABAD: Remdesivir, an antiviral administered to the Covid-19 patients in ICUs, is reported to be in short supply in the city and state. The medical organizations are going to make a representation before the state government and drug manufacturers in this regard.
Dr Bharat Gadhvi, president of Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA), said that Remdesivir is one of the two antivirals – the other being Favipiravir – used in the Covid-19 treatment.,“Remdesivir, however, is more in demand as it’s generally administered to the patients in ICUs,” Dr Gadhvi said.
“For the past few days, it’s been difficult to get hold of the drug. When we approached the major dealers, we got to know that the next stock would take at least a week to arrive. We would be making representations to various fora to make the drug available,” added Dr Gadhvi. ....read more

World Covid Meter 2nd July - 213 Countries Affected

Cases: 1M April 2, 2M April 15, 3M April 27, 4M May 8, 5M May 20, 6M May 30, 7M June 7, 8M June 15, 9M June 22, 10M June 29 ,Ground Zero: Wuhan - in live animal market or cafeteria for animal pathogens: 10th January; Total cases are based on RT PCR, 67% sensitivity ,Doubling time India 20 days, USA 33 days, Brazil 13 days, Russia 18 days, Spain 47 days, UK 35 days, Italy 55 days, France 49 days, Turkey 37 days ,Coronavirus Cases: 10,820,156,Deaths: 519,274,Recovered: 6,040,899,ACTIVE CASES: 4,259,983,Currently Infected Patients 4,202,046 (99%) in Mild Condition ....read more

Positive Attitudes

All those who feel they are at their wits’ end and wonder how things don’t ever work out for them, can relax and dwell on all those failures that life has taken them through and turn failure into success.
1.Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure. It means you haven’t succeeded yet.
2.Failure doesn’t mean you have accomplished nothing. It means you have learned something.
3.Failure doesn’t mean you have been foolish. It means you had a lot of faith. ....read more

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Why Indian pharma companies should reduce dependency on import of APIs from China?
Times Now

Mumbai: With every passing decade since 1970, India’s pharmaceutical industry has gone from strength to strength in terms of broadening of scope to offering with every passing year. Despite these strengths, India has seen increased competition in the API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) segment.
India imports several intermediates and APIs today, which has resulted in an erosion of domestic manufacturing capacity for several APIs and intermediates.
Pharma Industry in India has been dependent on API imports from China in recent years as much as 65% of the raw materials for Indian drug makers worth $3.5 billion are being sourced from China.

KKR to buy 54% controlling stake in JB Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals; open offer to be launched
Financial Express

Global investment firm KKR will buy a 54% equity stake in JB Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, a Mumbai based pharmaceutical major for Rs 3,109 crore. KKR will make the investment through its subsidiaries, Tau Investments Holdings Pte. Ltd., Tau Holdco Pte. Ltd., and KKR Asia III Fund Investments Pte. The deal will see KKR acquire 4.17 crore fully paid-up equity shares of the face value of Rs. 2 for a price of Rs 745 per share, a premium of 4% from the closing price of the stock on the BSE at the end of Thursday’s trading session.
Further, KKR will launch an open offer to acquire an additional 26% stake in the company or 2.09 crore full paid-up equity shares. The open offer will also be made at a price of Rs 745 per share, said JB Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals in a statement to the stock exchanges on Thursday If successful the open offer will add another Rs 1,496 crore to the deal, taking the total value of the deal to Rs 4,605 crore.

Doctor’s dance steps on ‘Garmi’ while wearing PPE kit sets the internet on fire
The Indian Express

While healthcare workers around the world have been hailed as “the real heroes” for their selfless service and spirited fight against Covid-19, a doctor in India decided to cheer her colleagues on the occasion of ‘Doctor’s Day’ by grooving to a Bollywood number.
“We won’t let the negativity of the situation get to us even while serving the patients in this garmi-ful but oh so graceful outfit,” wrote Mumbai-based doctor Richa Negi while sharing a video of herself mimicking the dance steps of Nora Fatehi on the song ‘Garmi‘ from the movie ‘Street Dancer 3D‘. The viral clip shows the doctor dancing while wearing a PPE kit, leaving many amused.

Times Now

New Delhi: Citing under-utilisation of COVID lab facilities, the Centre has advised states and UTs to enable all qualified medical practitioners, including private practitioners, to prescribe coronavirus test to any individual fulfilling the criteria for testing as per the ICMR guidelines which will prevent any delay.
In a letter jointly written by Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan and ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava, it was pointed out that in some states and UTs, the capacity utilization of the testing labs, particularly the ones in private sector, is "grossly sub-optimal".