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Indemnity offered to Moderna, with conditions

Drugmaker Moderna is said to have secured an offer of legal indemnity regarding its COVID-19 vaccine from the Government, albeit with certain provisions. Individuals familiar with the matter said an offer has been sent to the drugmaker, which is based in the United States, reports The Economic Times. The company’s board of directors are expected […]

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Exclusive interview: THB co-founder and CEO Akansh Khurana

Recently, Health Issues India had the opportunity to interview Mr Akansh Khurana, co-founder, and chief executive officer, of THB. THB (short for Technology, Healthcare, and Big Data Analytics), formerly known as “The Healthy Billion”, was founded by Akansh Khurana, Rajesh Pachar, and Rohit Kumar in 2015 to drive clinical insights and research that enables positive patient

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Pfizer vaccine on the cusp of securing Indian approval, CEO says

The Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 is on the verge of securing approval for use in India. This is according to the drugmaker’s chief executive officer Albert Bourla who, speaking at a virtual event, said they were in the “final stages” of receiving the nod and said “I hope very soon we will finalise an agreement

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Sanofi India Appoints Vaibhav Karandikar as Chief Financial Officer 

MUMBAI, INDIA – October 13, 2020 – Sanofi India Limited (SIL) announced the  appointment of Vaibhav Karandikar as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective 6th October  2020.   Rajaram Narayanan, Managing Director, Sanofi India Limited said, “I am  delighted to welcome Vaibhav as the new CFO for Sanofi India Ltd. Having led  various departments within the finance

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Francois Baird talks business and COVID-19: Video

Francois Baird, chairman and co-founder of Baird’s CMC, talks to Health Issues India editor Kerean Watts about how COVID-19 has impacted businesses. We discuss how the pandemic has changed our understanding of the workplace; how we consider healthy and safe working environments; and the lasting effects of the pandemic’s disruption to the global economy and

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PandemiCast XII: How coronavirus has hit businesses and what the situation looks like going forward

In the twelfth edition of PandemiCast, members of the Baird’s CMC family – co-founders Francois Baird and Marta Dourado and shareholder Frederick Fussi – join moderator Mark Chataway to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has affected businesses. Edited by Iknoor Kaur. You can watch the video here. Watch previous editions of PandemiCast here.

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HCQ, Donald Trump and India

U.S. President Donald Trump has sparked shock and alarm with his announcement that he is personally taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) – a drug that has been much-discussed in the fight against COVID-19 and one of particular significance with regard to India.  HCQ is a drug used in the treatment of a number of diseases, among them

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APIs: No shortages yet, but pharma still has misgivings

The Union Government has sought to quell concerns over an imminent shortage of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and medicines in the country due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. However, individuals from the pharmaceutical sector are still disconcerted.  The outbreak has had a kn0ck-on effect on multiple industries in India. As well as pharma, chemicals,

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Bezos infuses US$10 billion into climate fight

The global fight against climate change is to receive a cash infusion to the tune of US$10 billion, courtesy of centibillionaire and tech magnate Jeff Bezos. However, the move has generated controversy. Climate change is undeniably a major threat to global health and development. India stands to be hard-hit by any number of environmental catastrophes

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Essential medicines export ban on the cards?

The Government of India is contemplating imposing a ban on the exports of twelve essential medicines amidst the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has infected tens of thousands of people worldwide.  The twelve essential medicines that could be affected include antibiotics, hormone drugs, and vitamins. A report is planned to be submitted to

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