Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:30 June,2020

Antiviral hyped as potential Covid treatment "ineffective", finds major study

An antiviral drug used to treat HIV and earmarked as a potential Covid-19 treatment is “ineffective” in treating Covid-19, a major study has indicated.
Lopinavir-ritonavir showed “no beneficial effect” in hospitalised patients not on ventilators, according to the University of Oxford’s Recovery trial – the world’s largest randomised clinical trial (RCT) of potential Covid-19 treatments.,“The data convincingly rule out any meaningful mortality benefit of lopinavir-ritonavir in the hospitalised Covid-19 patients,” it said.
Many countries which currently recommend the drug should revise their guidelines in the wake of the results, experts said, as they pulled the medication from the trial. ....read more

CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Treatment Protocols

959: Minutes of Virtual Meeting of CMAAO NMAs on “Covid-19 treatment experiences in CMAAO countries”
27th June, 2020, Saturday; 9.30am-10.30am,Participants,Member NMAs: Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO; Dr Yeh Woei Chong, Singapore Chair CMAAO; Dr Ravi Naidu, Past President CMAAO, Malaysia; Dr Marthanda Pillai, Member, World Medical Council; Dr Marie Uzawa Urabe, Japan; Dr Md Jamaluddin Chowdhary, Bangladesh; Dr Sajjad Qaisar, Pakistan; Dr Deborah Cavalcanti, Brazil; Dr Prakash, Nepal ,Invitees: Dr Russell D’Souza, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, Australia; Dr Sanchita Sharma, Editor IJCP Group ,If the patient comes after 9 days of symptoms or 9 days of Covid positive test, he/she is presenting with Covid sequelae and not Covid per se. Treatment of post-Covid sequelae is as per their standard treatment guidelines or protocols. ....read more

World Covid Meter 29th June: 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,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 19 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 ,Likely minimum deaths (504366 + 57670 x 15 == 8651) = 513016,Coronavirus Cases: 10,242,930,Deaths: 504,366 ,Recovered: 5,553,107,ACTIVE CASES: 4,185,457 ....read more

Negative Thoughts are Absence of Positive Thoughts

Darkness cannot be removed physically; it can only be removed by switching on the light or going into sunlight or lighting a fire. Similarly, negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts.
In Bhagavad Gita, it has been said that in the period of Uttarayana with longer days, the first half at full moon, in the presence of light or agni, more positive thoughts are acquired compared to in Dakshinayana, before Amavasya or no moon or in absence of light....read more

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Indian pharma industry is strategically placed to cater to the COVID-19 crisis
Express Pharma

Abhinav Bhatia, Enterprise Ireland’s recently appointed Director for India and South Asian regions highlights the benefits and advantages of fostering better synergies between Ireland and India, especially in pharma and healthcare. He also opines that India can benefit from Irish partnerships in R&D, education/training and innovative technology to help to build a stronger infrastructure to support India’s vision to be more self-reliant., in an interview with Lakshmipriya Nair
How important is the Indian market for Enterprise Ireland?
India is classified as a ‘high growth market’ by Enterprise Ireland, while the majority of the current exports of Irish Life Sciences’ companies are to the EU & America, India has strong potential for growth and is an important market for several Irish enterprises.

Chinese imports held at ports to soon hit Indian pharma companies
Times Now

New Delhi: Chinese consignments being held at Indian ports by custom authorities may soon come to haunt the pharmaceutical industry creating shortages and increasing costs during the pandemic.
Chinese consignments containing crucial medical equipment such as pulse oximeters, infrared thermometers, which are needed by hospitals during Covid-19 pandemic, are stuck at the ports.
“The delay also hindered the supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and other raw materials,” Dinesh Dua, chairman of Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil) was quoted by an ET report as saying.
In the aftermath of the violence between PLA and Indian Army troops at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Galwan Valley in Ladakh, Indian customs officials, especially, at major Chennai and Vizag ports asked all shipments to be put on hold.


We all know that doctors, nurses and other health care specialists around the world have been working tirelessly ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been putting their own lives at risk taking care of patients infected with the virus, and most have been working non-stop. So it is only fair that we show them our appreciation on National Doctor’s Day 2020, which is marked on July 1 every year. Also Read - International Day of the Tropics 2020: Why The Tropical Regions Are Important
In India, National Doctor’s Day, was established in 1991 by the government, and July 1 was chosen as a mark of respect for Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, whose birth and death anniversary falls on that day. He was a great physician, a former Chief Minister of West Bengal, a renowned educationist and a freedom fighter. He was so well respected as a physician that he treated even Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. His legacy of uplifting and serving the public is not forgotten. Also Read - National Doctor's Day 2020: History And Significance of The Day in India

Financial Express

New Delhi: The grieving wife of a senior doctor at the LNJP Hospital, who died battling COVID-19, on Monday said her husband was a man with a fighting spirit and that is how she "will remember him".
Dr Aseem Gupta, 52, served in the frontline of the war against the pandemic at the COVID-only government facility, and died of the novel coronavirus infection in an ICU of a private hospital on Sunday.
But it wasn't just him who had tested positive for COVID-19, his wife, also a doctor, suffered the same fate.
"We both tested positive on June 2, and initially had mild symptoms so were quarantined at home. But, then the moment we realised our condition was not good, we shifted to hospitals. So my husband was initially at LNJP Hospital and then he was moved to Max Hospital, Saket," Dr Nirupama Attreya said.