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

India-wide Corona infections touch 100, Maharashtra has most cases 31

The number of those confirmed infected includes 10 people who were cured and two who died.

NEW DELHI: The count of those infected by the novel coronavirus countrywide touched 100, according to reports from the states, though the Union home ministry put the official infection number at 84. The upward spike was primarily the result of Maharashtra turning into the new hot zone, the leap in its infection count from 19 to 31 in a day making it the state with the most cases. Kerala is at 22.

Besides Maharashtra, there was one new positive case each in Rajasthan, Telangana and Kerala. The number of those confirmed infected includes 10 people who were cured and two who died....read more


Safe disposal of used face masks is essential to prevent spread of Covid-19 virus

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases across India is now 75, as per the Health Ministry website. India also recorded its first death due to corona virus after a 76-year-old man passed away in Karnataka. He had tested positive for Covid-19.

Persons with lower respiratory tract infections are the source of infection of Covid-19. The virus spreads mainly through large droplets that are produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs....read more


COVID 19 Medtalks of 127 countries

Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 127 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan). The day is reset after midnight GMT+0....read more


The Vedic meaning of Mahamritunjaya Mantra and the Gayatri Mantra

Any activity should always engage the 3 H model of Heart, the Head and the Hand. The same has been advocated by western scholars of today. The concept is that while doing any work, you should ask the head for choices and then refer these choices to the heart to choose one and finally order the hands to carry out that action....read more


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Coronavirus: 'No shortage of medicines, prices won't increase'
Business Today- Joe C Mathew

Indian pharmaceutical industry, which grew 12 percent in February on the back of healthy sales growth in the respiratory (17.9%), anti-infective (14.1%) and cardiac (13.3%) therapy segments seems to be well geared to manage the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection crisis. The inventory level of the industry is marginally down, but warrants no crisis at the moment. Market intelligence entity AIOCD Pharmasofttech AWACS Pvt. Ltd points out that at the industry level, inventories in February went down by just two days as compared to January. Though the inventory level is down by eight days, as compared to the same period the previous year, there are sufficient stocks for more than a month for every therapeutic category. The agency's monthly Tru Stock data says the anti-infectives had 45 days inventory in the trade channels in February. Even for anti-diabetic medicines, there are enough stocks for the next 34 days, AWACS data shows. "As far as supply is concerned, we are monitoring the situation closely. At the moment we have two and a half months to three months of inventory of APIs (raw materials. If you are talking about formulation (stocks) and (trade) channel supplies, we are covered till May end or June. We have assured the government that there will be no shortage of supply of medicines", Sudarshan Jain secretary general, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) says.

India Today- Manjeet Sehgal

It is a bolt from the blue for the Indian pharma industry which is facing a shortage of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) after the Indian government banned imports from China following the Covid-19 outbreak in the country. According to an estimate, nearly 70 per cent of the country's pharmaceutical raw materials are imported from China alone. India's dependence on API imports from China is likely to cost the industry dear. Indian manufacturers imported bulk drugs and pharma intermediates (worth Rs 17,263 crore in 2018-19 following by Rs 14, 755 crore in 2017-18 and Rs 13,107 crore in 2016-17). Fearing the Covid-19 infection, the Indian government banned the API imports from China despite the fact that the country is the largest API and pharma intermediates supplier. Sanjay Dheer CEO, Zen Laboratories, said the jerk will be mild till a couple of months as some API imports are in the pipeline. "Things will go beyond the control after two months if the ban on imports is not lifted. There may not be shortage but the prices are already up. We are also fearing hoarding of raw material," Dheer said. Chandigarh-based retailer and manufacturer Vibhor Jain said that the prices of basic drugs like paracetamol and Nimuslide have doubled or even gone three times. "The end customer will not feel the pinch at this moment but the pharma units are already facing the crunch. They are bound to abide by the NPPA norms but it will not be possible to supply the drugs at old rates if the government did not revise the prices," Vibhor Jain said.

IndiaTV

Four unidentified assailants stabbed an ayurvedic doctor to death inside his clinic on Thursday evening in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, police said. BJP, which is in opposition, claimed that the deceased was an office-bearer of its medical cell. Dr Jeevan Jalchhatri (45) was at his clinic in Bhatagaon locality when four men stabbed him following an argument, a police official told PTI. One of the accused was immediately arrested. The other three were thrashed by locals and received minor injuries. They were admitted to a local hospital and will be arrested after they are discharged, the official said.

Zee News- Onkar Sharma

The doctors at Jaipur's Sawai Man Singh Hospital succeeded in treating coronavirus positive patients by treating him with medicines of swine flu, malaria and HIV. The treatment and monitoring of the patient were done by ACS Medical Rohit Kumar Singh and his team. The medicinal formula developed by the team of SMS's doctors also got its approval from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Talking about the successful treatment of the patient Additional Chief Secretary, Health Department Rohit Kumar Singh said that the patient was given a dose of lopinavir 200mg and ritonavir 50mg twice a day which has helped him recover. He further informed that the patient was given osletamivir a medicine which is used for treating swine flu, malaria, chlotoquine. However, this is not the first case were anti-HIV drugs have been used for recovering a corona positive patient. Earlier, Thailand's Health Ministry had also claimed that a woman suffering from corona was cured with a drug of flu and anti-HIV drugs. Many hospitals around the world have now started to use this formula. Meanwhile, the total positive coronavirus cases in India has gone up to 81, out of which 64 are Indians, 16 Italians and 1 Canadian national. In the wake of rising coronavirus cases several states including Delhi have put a ban on public gatherings and have announced the closure of schools and colleges to avoid the spread of the virus.