Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:25 January,2020

The transformation role of APIs in healthcare

By allowing seamless connectivity between multiple healthcare and medical products and service providers, APIs can bring revolutionary changes to the lives of individuals.

The healthcare sector in India is growing at an impressive rate, and it shows no signs of slowing down in 2020. As the industry seeks to offer patient-centric healthcare, its key growth drivers—including affordable insurance, telemedicine, remote diagnostics, and medical tourism—are often accelerated by digital transformation (DX) technologies. These technologies include cloud computing, IoT, artificial intelligence, mobility, and analytics, to name a few. What sustains exceptional functioning of DX is the seamless integration of the IT systems and databases of multiple service providers that lies underneath....read more

Coronavirus - First Death Outside Wuhan Epicentre Reported

WHO Decision: Coronavirus is spreading, but the organization says it is not a global emergency.

1.At least 25 people have died and more than 800 have been sickened by the mysterious illness. The death toll increased by more than a half-dozen in 24 hours, while the number of confirmed cases jumped by more than 200.

2.The travel restrictions imposed on Wuhan were extended to at least four more cities. The Chinese authorities on Thursday morning closed off Wuhan by cancelling flights and trains leaving the city, and suspending buses, subways and ferries within it....read more

Corona Virus Update

Types of Memory

The easiest way to remember types of memory is by understanding the concept of Suno, Samjho, Jano and Karo (hearing, understanding, knowledge and wisdom). Hearing is the shortest lasting memory. We hear and we forget is the rule.

Once we listen and understand, the memory is longer lasting but the same memory becomes ever lasting if we not only hear, understand and know but also incorporate the knowledge in our practice....read more

Health Sutras By Dr K K Aggarwal

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Healthcare News Monitor

Alembic Pharma gets final USFDA nod for hypertension drug
Business Insider- PTI

Alembic Pharmaceuticals (Alembic) on Friday said it has received final nod from US health regulator for Bosentan tablets, used for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. "Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd (Alembic) today announced it has received final approval from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) Bosentan tablets, 62.5 mg and 125 mg," the firm said in a BSE filing. Bosentan tablets is for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. "ANDA is therapeutically equivalent to the reference listed drug product (RLD) Tracleer Tablets, 62.5 mg and 125 mg, of Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd," the filing said. Bosentan Tablets, 62.5 mg and 125 mg have an estimated market size of USD 68 million for twelve months ending September 2019, according to IQVIA. The shares of Alembic Pharmaceuticals were trading at Rs 597.85 apiece on the BSE in the morning trade, up 1.32 per cent from the previous close. SID BAL.

Indian-origin Founder of Pharmaceutical Company to be Sentenced in Boston for Pushing Opioid
News18- PTI

The India-born founder of an Arizona pharmaceutical company is expected to be sentenced in Boston's federal court Thursday for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme that prosecutors said helped fuel the opioid crisis. John Kapoor, the 76-year-old former chairman of Insys Therapeutics, was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy last May after a trial that lasted 10 weeks and led to 15 days of jury deliberation. Prosecutors are requesting a sentence of 15 years in prison, while Kapoor's attorneys say he deserves no more than a year and a day. Kapoor and others were accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes to doctors across the nation to prescribe the company's highly addictive oral fentanyl spray, known as Subsys. They were also accused of misleading insurers to get payment approved for the drug, which is meant to treat cancer patients in severe pain and can cost as much as $19,000 a month. In recent court documents, prosecutors characterized Kapoor as the fulcrum of the scheme, saying he did not hesitate to use the authority of his financial position to dictate the criminal strategies employed by Insys. It was, in almost every way, Kapoor's crime, they wrote. Kapoor's lawyers argue that the bribery scheme was concocted by other executives at the company. In a court filing, they said their client has been portrayed as a caricature of a mob boss when he's really an immigrant success story. They say the India-born exec developed Subsys after seeing his wife suffer and die from breast cancer. During his trial, jurors heard from former employees who testified that Insys made a habit of hiring attractive women as representatives to boost sales of the drug. One former sales representative testified that a regional sales manager once gave a lap dance at a Chicago nightclub to a doctor Insys was pushing to write more prescriptions.

25 Indians trapped in Wuhan; coronavirus reaches Singapore, Vietnam
The Times of India

Twenty-five Indian students, of whom 20 are from Kerala, are trapped in Wuhan after the Chinese city of 11 million was locked down to contain the spread of a new strain of a coronavirus, while 14 students interning at a hospital in Yichang, about 300km from Wuhan, planned to fly to Kolkata from Kunming airport on Thursday night or Friday morning. "We are closely monitoring the evolving situation in China, including advisories issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) in this connection. The relevant Chinese authorities have assured all assistance to residents of Wuhan, including food supply," the Indian embassy in Beijing said in a statement. The Indian embassy also said that it had been receiving queries from Indians in Hubei province and their relatives in India in connection with coronavirus epidemic in China. The embassy is in touch with relevant Chinese authorities in Beijing and Wuhan and Indians in Hubei Province.

Woman with dual cancer treated at Delhi hospital

Sharad Mathur, a 75-year-old woman who was diagnosed with carcinoma cancer in her left breast and lung, has been successfully treated at a hospital. Carcinoma breast is the most common type of cancer in women which begins in the thin tissue of the skin and may spread to other parts of the body. Carcinoma cancer in the woman's left breast was treated in 2012. "The patient was presented with a history of a breast lump. We conducted all the relevant investigations after which the FNAC report showed Ductal carcinoma. Ductal carcinoma is a common type of breast cancer that starts in cells that line the milk ducts, which carry breast milk to the nipple," said Praveen Garg, Senior Consultant, Surgical Oncology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital. After proper evaluation of the patient, experts here counseled her to undergo Modified Radical Mastectomy. Mathur's case was complex and extremely challenging owing to her age. In 2012, the lump in the left breast of the patient was successfully removed. However, after seven years she was diagnosed with lung cancer while evaluating for chronic cough. The line of treatment adopted was chemotherapy. "We gave her chemotherapy and immunotherapy. We took utmost care to see that the patient is able to lead a healthy and normal life, and is fully independent and functional," Garg said.