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Compulsory Sputum TB test in India for coughs lasting over 2 weeks

Thursday, March 26, 2009 15:07

Sputum test, a laboratory screening to detect tuberculosis (TB), has been made mandatory in India for all patients with cough that persists more than 2 weeks.

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Novartis’ dengue drug to undergo human studies

Novartis’ dengue drug to undergo human studies

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 12:48

  A drug to cure the dreaded dengue fever will be ready to test in humans in next two years. Dengue fever, which affects millions of people in the poor countries has no known cure yet.

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Oral Recosulin insulin spray hits Indian market

Monday, March 23, 2009 16:22

  Prick-free alternative to painful insulin shots.

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Pharma jobs in India: MNCs on a hiring spree in India

Monday, March 23, 2009 13:07

Pharma sector employment opportunities better as Aventis, GSK, Merck looking fill hundreds of jobs in field & marketing.

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Weight loss drug Rimonabant faces ban in India

Friday, March 20, 2009 8:39

Slimming pill can cause depression, suicidal tendencies and psychiatric problems

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cGMP regulations in India to be diluted?

Friday, March 13, 2009 19:26

The question doing rounds now is whether India would water down cGMP norms any further, succumbing to the demands of a clutch small-time drug makers. Current good manufacturing practices or cGMP is a set of norms to be followed by pharmaceutical manufacturers to ensure quality and safety of the drug products.

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Public Sector Drug Manufacturing companies in India – Briefs

Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:18

  India has five drug manufacturing companies under public sector. The basic idea behind the Indian government creating these public sector undertakings or PSUs in India’s health sector is to check the possible monopolistic practices by the leading, privately-held drug makers and to ensure affordability of certain essential medicines to the larger public.

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Curious case of India’s`public’ drug makers

Friday, March 6, 2009 11:31

If the purpose of government-funded public sector drug companies is to provide cost arbitrage through resisting drug monopoly by private firms, the very objective has taken a big blow in India!

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1676 errors in 15 Ranbaxy filings: US FDA audit

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 12:15

Ranbaxy refrigerated drugs instead of storing them under room temperature, reveals a US FDA release. Drug samples are usually stored in over a period of time to test thier stability in normal conditions of temperature, humidity etc. The US drug regulator which hauled up India's leading generic maker for repeatedly violating manufacturing norms since atleast 2006, found out 1,676 errors in the audit of 15 applications approved for the US market.

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