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Coronavirus: Homeopathy effective in prevention of virus infections, says AYUSH ministry

The AYUSH ministry recommended that homeopathic medicine Arsenicum album 30 could be taken empty stomach daily for three days as a prophylactic medicine against the infection.

The AYUSH ministry on Wednesday issued a health advisory and recommended that homeopathic and unani medicines could be effective in the prevention of novel coronavirus (nCoV) infections.

The advisory was issued following a meeting on Tuesday of the scientific advisory board of the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) under the Ministry of AYUSH to discuss ways and means for prevention of the nCoV infection through homoeopathy, the ministry said in a statement....read more


1st Coronavirus case confirmed in India in Kerala

Person-to-person transmission in three countries outside China - Germany, Japan and Vietnam

2019 n-CoV behaves like SARS, has its origin from bats, spreads through large droplets and predominantly from people having lower respiratory infections

India now has first confirmed case in Kerala in a student studying in China....read more


1,700 doctors with PG Diploma from IGNOU can’t practice Cardiology, MCI refuses to recognize their degrees

The two-year course was started in 2006 to train doctors as Cardiologists in 70 hospitals all over the country. From 2006 to 2012, nearly 1,700 doctors opted for the course. The university stopped fresh enrolment in the year 2013 after the Medical Council of India (MCI) refused to grant a license to students pursuing it....read more


Difference between smile, hug and laugh

Smile is a sign of joy while hug is a sign of love. Laughter, on the other hand, is a sign of inner happiness. None of them are at the level of mind or intellect. All come from within the heart.

They are only the gradations of your expressions of your happiness. ....read more


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US offers USD 30 bn more market to domestic pharma cos
ET Healthworld – PTI

Domestic pharma companies have the potential to grow their revenue from the US by almost five times at around USD 30 billion from USD 6.5 billion in 2018 if they properly tap just 10 of the widely consumed drugs in the world's largest drug market, according to an analysis by the World Trade Centre. Despite being the largest export market for domestic pharma makers, they served only a miniscule 5.6 per cent or USD 6.5 billion of the over USD 116 billion American pharma imports of in 2018, show the WTC data. Despite having good demand from across the markets, primarily due to lower prices and easy availability, India controls only 2.4 per cent of global pharma exports. With robust manufacturing capabilities, domestic pharma companies have the potential to enhance their exports to the US by almost five times to USD 29.6 billion, says the WTC in a note quoting data from the UN's International Trade Commission. The WTC has identified 10 products that constitute about 25 per cent of American pharma imports in 2018 at USD 29.6 billion which constitute about 17 per cent of US imports from India. These ten products include single vitamins, medicaments affecting central nervous system, cough & cold preparations, dermatological agents & local anesthetics, chemical contraceptives, sterile surgical catgut, antineoplastic & immunosupressive medicaments, and structural analogues among others.

Torrent Pharmaceuticals puts faith in local market, to focus on new drug launches
ET Healthworld – Divya Rajagopal

Torrent Pharmaceuticals is optimistic that the future of Indian drug makers is in the domestic market, as it looks at new launches in the lucrative chronic therapy areas. The Ahmedabad-based company, part of the Rs 14,000-crore Torrent Group, is the only domestic pharma company that has invested nearly $1 billion in local acquisition over the last three years. In 2017, the company acquired the India business of Unichem for Rs 3,600 crore, and before that it had bought distressed Elder Pharma for Rs 2,000 crore, consolidating its position as the No. 8 player in the Indian pharma market. But it is done with large acquisitions for now. “Our key geographies of India, Brazil and Germany are where we expect future growth avenues to come from. We are seeing from other companies, too, a lot more focus back on the Indian market,” said Aman Mehta, chief marketing officer of Torrent Pharma. Aman is the son of Samir Mehta, founder and CEO of Torrent Pharma. He will be expected to take over the reins of the pharma business from his father in the coming years. The 28-year-old, a graduate of Columbia Business School, however, says that as a professionally run organisation, his succession will also be a step-by-step process. “For us it is about diving deep into one role first and then moving to other roles, rather than the other way round. This is the same thing for others. I am in pharma business, my cousins Jinal and Varun are in power. All of us are hands on. So it is about taking it step-by-step”, Mehta told ET in an exclusive interview.

Second sample from Pune tests negative for novel coronavirus, report on 3 more awaited
The Indian Express

Samples taken from two Pune residents, who had returned from China and were kept under observation at Naidu hospital in the city, have tested negative for the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV). The report on the sample taken from another patient, who was admitted late on Tuesday night, is yet to be received from the National Institute of Virology (NIV). Health authorities on Wednesday also sent samples taken from two Pune residents who have recently returned from China, where Wuhan is the epicentre of the nCov outbreak. Pune Municipal Corporation health chief Dr Ramchandra Hankare said of the five persons who have been kept under observation at the isolation ward at Naidu hospital, samples taken from two have tested negative. “On Wednesday, we admitted a 38-year-old man, who was on a business visit to China from January 15 to 21 and had symptoms of cough, cold, fever and body ache. Another 33-year-old man, who was working in China for the last eight months and had come to Pune for a vacation on January 22, developed symptoms of fever and sore throat on January 23. He was also kept under observation at Naidu hospital and reports on three samples are now awaited from NIV,” said Dr Hankare. Private hospitals in the city are also being urged to keep isolation wards ready as a preparatory measure, said Dr Hankare. He added that a second round of samples will be taken from those currently under observation. So far, India is yet to report a case of the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, at least 20 airports will screen passengers coming from affected countries for the virus, said Dr Archana Patil, director of health, state government.

Gorakhpur doctor Kafeel Khan arrested in Mumbai over inflammatory remarks against CAA
India Today- Arvind Ojha

ttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on Wednesday arrested Dr Kafeel Khan from Mumbai, a police official said. Dr Kafeel Khan was arrested for his "inflammatory" remarks during an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in Aligarh. Sahar Police Station in-charge Shashikant Mane confirmed the reports of Dr Kafeel Khan's arrest, saying he has been brought to the police station in Mumbai. Speaking to India Today TV, IG Amitabh Yash said Dr Kafeel Khan was "wanted" in a case registered in Aligarh for his "inflammatory remarks made at a protest rally against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)". An FIR was registered against him under section 153-A (Promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) of IPC on December 13. Kafeel Khan was scheduled to be at the Mumbai Bagh protests on Thursday. In the same mould as Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, women protesters have started an indefinite stir against the CAA at Mumbai Bagh, with the agitation entering the third day on Wednesday. India has been witnessing protests ever since the contentious legislation was passed by Parliament last month and came into effect earlier in January. Kafeel Khan, a paediatrician, hit the headlines after the death of 60 children in the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur in August 2017 due to disruption in oxygen supply over unpaid bills. He was removed from his post at the state-run BRD hospital after 40 kids died in two days. Khan was the nodal officer of the 100-bed AES ward at the state-run hospital and was removed following the deaths on August 10 and 11. He was later arrested.