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Centre under pressure to ban unsafe drugs

The Centre is under pressure to ban drugs that are still being sold in India despite being flagged a decade ago as being potentially unsafe. The Delhi High Court has given the Centre until January 4th to respond to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Dinesh Thakur in October. Thakur is a public health […]

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Centre plans ban on combination medications: SC repeals some

The Supreme Court has reversed plans by the Centre to ban three of the 328 combination medications it announced plans to ban last week over safety concerns.  Saridon, Piriton and Dart are the three products given a reprieve by the apex court. The ban will still apply to 325 of 343 fixed dose combination (FDC) medications whose

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Sub-par healthcare kills more than a million

India loses around 1.6 million deaths each year to sub-par healthcare according to a new study published in The Lancet. The vast majority of these deaths are entirely preventable. This figure is twice the established number of people who died due to lack of access to healthcare, which is estimated to be around 838,000 people. This

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Substandard drugs may be a common phenomenon

One in seven medications prescribed in India are deemed to be substandard. This is according to a report published in the Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, which says that, “there is urgent requirement of more stringent regulation and legal action against the problem.” According to the Report, “Being the world’s largest manufacturers of active pharmaceutical

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