Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:15 February,2020

Drug marketers to be held responsible for quality

Pharmaceutical companies that market medicines made by third parties in the country will now be held responsible for drug product quality with the health and family welfare ministry on Thursday issuing a notification to this effect.

New Delhi: Pharmaceutical companies that market medicines made by third parties in the country will now be held responsible for drug product quality with the health and family welfare ministry on Thursday issuing a notification to this effect. The move will impact many big domestic and multinational pharmaceutical companies that get their medicines manufactured by smaller companies....read more


All medical devices under Drugs and Cosmetics Act from April 1, 2020

MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
(Department of Health and Family Welfare)
NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 11th February. 2020

S.O. 648(E).— In pursuance of sub-clause (iv) of clause (b) of section 3 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 (23 of 1940), the Central Government, after consultation with the Drugs Technical Advisory Board, hereby specifies the following devices intended for use in human beings or animals as drugs with effect from the 1st day of April, 2020, namely:—....read more


Quarantine not working in the ship with trapped COVID-19

Is India ready with its quarantine policy?
China has imposed quarantines across the Hubei province, and has locked down over 56 million people, in a bid to stop COVID-19 from spreading.

In the quarantined ship in Japan, the total number of infections has peaked to 218. With nearly 6% of the 3,711 passengers and crew members now infected, the 952-foot cruise ship carries the highest infection rate of the coronavirus anywhere in the world....read more


Vietnam Lockdown on a community of 10,000 residents northwest of the capital Hanoi

CMAAO Update 14th February on COVID-19: Classification includes Clinically Diagnosed Cases

Currently, there have been 15 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in the United States, yet flu cases for the 2019-20 US season have surpassed 22 million. This represents an increase of 4 million cases over the span of 1 week....read more


Why do we light a lamp during pooja?

Prayer
|| Deepajyothi parabrahma
Deepa Jyotir Janaardanah
Deepo harati paapaani
Sandhyaa deepa namostute ||

“I prostrate to the dawn/dusk lamp; whose light is the Knowledge Principle (the Supreme Lord), which removes the darkness of ignorance and by which all can be achieved in life.”....read more


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Union Ayush Ministry collaborates with FSSAI for new food regulation based on Ayurveda
Pharmabiz India – Neethikrishna

The Union Ayush Ministry has collaborated with Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) to bring in new food regulation based on Ayurveda. This will be called as Ayurveda 'Aahar' regulation. The food safety regulator FSSAI has been of the view that, given the long-standing tradition of Ayurveda foods in the country, this segment should come under the purview of the food safety regulator and such products should not make therapeutic claims. The ministry has also constituted a working group with the experts from the Ministry, FSSAI, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Ayurveda industry. The committee had several meeting and has come up with lists of plant to be used exclusively as food as food and medicine and to be used exclusively as medicine with intended use. This new regulation is currently being developed in the food supplements regulatory framework for the purpose of spreading goodness of Ayurveda among the masses. ''As part of the new regulation, provisions under the regulatory framework would be made for the method of preparation of various category of foods as described in classics, innovatory and tailor made recipes. This move would be beneficial for common man in the country and across the globe. This will be helpful for the growth of Ayurveda segment and enhance international acceptability of such products'', as per the notice issued by Union Ayush Ministry. The plants listed by the Ministry have been drawn from the existing Schedule IV of Food Safety and Standards Regulations. A list of items to be used as Additives as detailed in Schedule VA & VE of Food Safety and Standards Regulations is also being recommended for Ayurveda food.

UK govt pitches £2 million challenge fund for Karnataka healthcare innovator companies
Pharmabiz India – Nandita Vijay

In a major boost to the Karnataka healthcare landscape with cost-effective and market viable medical devices and related solutions, the UK government has introduced a £2 million challenge fund. Specifically in Karnataka, going by the challenges to access its remote locations, there is an imminent need for artificial intelligence and data science to diagnose and detect diseases and disorders early, besides enabling treatment access at a faster pace. The initiative is a part of the India-UK Technology Partnership, which was set up in April 2018. The funding is specifically in the area of artificial intelligence and data science. The move comes in after a slew of developments in the state by start-ups in the space adopting artificial intelligence in the area of healthcare. The UK’s Department for International Trade representatives who were in Bengaluru had artificial intelligent technology companies looking to forge partnerships with companies here. Specific to healthcare, Upstream Health which provides innovative technologies and new service approaches for health and social care teams noted that there was a need to respond to the challenges and do everything to keep people well and supported in the locations they want. Another UK-based company Allot which is a data analytics start-up helps pharma and biotech companies to commercialise their drugs. Its platform provides the data insight to support the commercial planning, sales-force effectiveness and brick data analysis.

In Kolkata, 85-year-old, his 6 children await ‘foreigner’ son’s release from detention
The Indian Express- Ravik Bhattacharya

In a dingy lane near the under-construction Ghulam Rasool Masjid in Kolkata’s Park Circus, an 85-year-old ailing, bedridden man and his six children are counting days for the month of July. That month, the octogenarian’s eldest son – Asgar Ali, 50 – has a “slim chance” of being released from the detention camp in Assam. Asgar, who worked as a carpenter in Guwahati since the 1980s, was deemed a foreigner by the state’s Foreigners’ Tribunal and sent to Goalpara detention camp under the NRC on July 14, 2017. In Kolkata, the family is now banking on the Supreme Court order that anyone detained for more than three years at any Assam detention centre should be released. They desperately hope that Asgar, who used to their main breadwinner before his detention, picks up the pieces again – and help his sister get married, after the wedding was called off last year due to lack of funds, or help his father, Mohammed Jarif, consult a good doctor. “Asgar Ali’s SLP (special leave petition) was dismissed by Supreme Court last year. But he will be out after July 14, 2020, because of an order of SC, which said anyone detained for more than 3 years should be released,” Asgar’s counsel, Aman Wadud, told The Indian Express over WhatsApp.

Hygiene, not panic, will prevent coronavirus: Experts
India Today

The outbreak of coronavirus has caused a sense of panic among the common masses across India, which is fuelled by misinformation, a senior health expert said. Speaking to India Today TV's Rajdeep Sardesai, Dr Rajesh Chawla of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital said, "The world is currently battling with two outbreaks - one is coronavirus and second misinformation." Dr Rajesh Chawla, who took questions from India Today TV viewers on coronavirus, said that the coronavirus outbreak was relatively contained in India and thus there is no reason to observe strict measures like wearing masks. "Only following simple measures of personal hygiene can help prevent the spread of coronavirus," Dr Chawla said. "Wash your hands before everything, cover your nose when you sneeze or cough, avoid crowded spaces and physical contact, basically everything you would do to avoid a flue," Dr Chawla said. Speaking to India Today TV's Rajdeep Sardesai, Dr Chawla said that there was no need to panic as the virus was relatively contained in India. He said that since the virus is now known to be spreading via human to human, there is no need to worry about handling currency or packages. Even cooked meat is fine for consumption, as long as you avoid direct touch to uncooked meat, Dr Bharat Gopal, Director, National Chest Centre -- who was also part of the panel -- said. Answering a concerned viewer's question on visiting hospital OPDs with elderly parents during coronavirus outbreak, Dr Chawla said that anyone visiting the hospital during flu season should always follow precautions like washing hands before touching your mouth, nose etc.