Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee Dated:27 July,2020
‘Suspend patents on Covid-19 drugs in India to ensure accessibility & affordability’
Mumbai: India should consider temporarily restricting and suspending intellectual property, including patents and designs, on all Covid-19 medical products like diagnostics, medicines and vaccines, according to public health experts. This, they say, could be one of the ways to ensure accessibility and affordability of key life-saving drugs for Covid-19 to not only patients in India but to millions across the world.
Intensive Care in COVID 19.
Streamlining care for COVID 19 patients. Don't forget to tune into MEDtalks with Dr K K Aggarwal at 7:00 PM for a very important discussion on Intensive Care in COVID 19.
Race for the Vaccine
Reproduced from: India Legal, https://www.indialegallive.com/special/race-for-the-vaccine,published July 10, 2020
CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID and Post COVID Illness
With inputs from Dr Monica Vasudev
Managing grief by free expressive writing
The loss of a loved is often painful. The resultant grief makes it hard to eat, sleep and leads to loss of interest in routine life, affecting behavior and judgment. ,Some can feel agitated or exhausted, to sob unexpectedly, or to withdraw from the world and others may find themselves struggling with feelings of sorrow, numbness, anger, guilt, despair, irritability, relief, or anxiety. ,It is well known that disclosing deep emotions through writing can boost immune function as well as mood and well-being. Conversely, the stress of holding in strong feelings can increase blood pressure and heart rate and increase muscle tension. ....read more
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Healthcare News Monitor
After Glenmark, Brinton and Cipla, another firm launched Favipiravir for coronavirus treatment on Friday. Released under the drug name Favivent, drug firm Jenburkt Pharmaceuticals is the latest company to roll out the drug for Rs 39 per tablet - its cheapest pricing yet.
Lupin and Granules India are recalling close to 9.71 lakh bottles of generic diabetes drug in the US due to the possibility of the affected lot containing cancer-causing nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) above the acceptable intake limit. ,As per the latest Enforcement Report of the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), Lupin is recalling 4,92,858 bottles of Metformin Hydrochloride extended-release tablets in 500 mg and 1,000 strengths. ,Granules India is recalling over 4.78 lakh bottles of the drug in 750 mg strength. ,As per the USFDA, the companies are recalling the product due to deviation from the current good manufacturing practices (CGMP).
92% deliveries in hospitals, every third child born through a c-section
Findings of the latest survey on the state of India’s health conducted by the National Statistical Office in 2017-18 show a positive change: the proportion of women delivering a child in a hospital (or health care institution) has increased over the past two decades by nearly 73 percentage points in rural India and 37 percentage points in urban India. ,At least nine of every 10 pregnant women now deliver a child in a hospital and thereby avail better health care facilities. But nearly every third woman who delivers a child in a hospital undergoes a caesarean-section or C-section surgery, which is a rate twice of what the international health care community considers ideal, and almost the same it is in the US. Personal preferences and older mothers are part reason for this, as is, in some cases, profiteering , but another reason, experts say, is that health care workers do not have the time, patience, or inclination to wait.
The Indian Express
On June 20, the number of fresh Covid-19 positive cases in one day in West Bengal stood at 441, while that of patients discharged was 562. The dedicated number of Covid-19 beds in both state-run and private hospitals stood at 10,340. A month later on July 20, the daily new positive cases stood at 2,282 and the daily discharge 1,535. The dedicated Covid beds increased to 11,239. ,While the gap between new positive cases and discharged patients hovered over 700 per day, the state government in an entire month only managed to increase 899 dedicated Covid beds in hospitals across the state, according to the data released by the state government in the health bulletins.