DCGI warns pharma companies from tweaking drugs and using old brand name

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has directed drug controllers of all states and union territories to take action against manufacturers who are changing the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in a drug formulation but retaining the brand name of the old formulation

DCGI warns pharma companies from tweaking drugs and using old brand nameIn a major setback to many pharma companies in the country, the government is reported to have directed state drug controllers to prevent pharmaceutical companies to sell new drugs under old brand names. This comes in response to the practice of the companies that have built a particular brand name and go ahead to use […]

Maharashtra: 34% of newborn children miss out on hepatitis B vaccine

After a child is born it is necessary for the newborn baby to be vaccinated for hepatitis B. In the last year, from March 2018 to April 2019, it was revealed that 34 per cent of children were not vaccinated for various reasons. This shocking figure was provided by the Health Management Information System (HMIS)

Maharashtra: 34% of newborn children miss out on hepatitis B vaccineIn Maharashtra, one out of three children is deprived of vaccination. In Mumbai, one out of ten children is deprived of vaccination. In rural areas, 39% of children are unvaccinated whereas in urban areas 10% of children are unvaccinated. In Ahmednagar 40,933 children missed out on vaccines, while in Nashik 32,609 children are unvaccinated, in […]

BMC to soon set-up separate OPD for special kids in its peripheral hospitals

The proposal was accepted in a recent meeting of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. The 16 civic-run hospitals will now have to start a separate outpatient department (OPD) for special children

BMC to soon set-up separate OPD for special kids in its peripheral hospitalsThe proposal was put forth by Dr Saeeda Khan, NCP corporator from L ward (Kurla). So far, only the four major-run civic hospitals like KEM, Nair, Sion, and Cooper Hospitals have a separate department for special children. This move will help lessen the burden on these hospitals and also benefit the parents of special children. […]

World Hypertension Day: Measures which can help control blood pressure

The theme of World Hypertension Day 2019 – ‘Know your Numbers’ is apt as we must be aware of our blood pressure. The systolic reading should always be around or less than 120 and diastolic should be around or less than 80. If this goes above 130 and 90, it is time to consult your doctor

World Hypertension Day: Measures which can help control blood pressureIncreasing work pressure, the urge to keep up with the peers, binging on unhealthy foods, lack of sleep is fuelling the rise in hypertensive population and assuming a mammoth proportion in India. This disease, feeding on lifestyle, should be stopped to avoid future complications according to experts Atul Joshi Physician Sahyadri Hospitals said that the […]

Pune: H V Desai Hospital hosts event to raise awareness on retinoblastoma

World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week for the year 2019 is being observed between May 12 to May 18 to raise awareness regarding this common and curable eye cancer occurring in paediatric age group

Pune: H V Desai Hospital hosts event to raise awareness on retinoblastomaAs a part of awareness-related activities conducted, a meet and greet event was organised by H V Desai Eye Hospital recently for patients treated for retinoblastoma and their parents. Dr Sonal Chaugule, Consultant ophthalmic plastic surgery and ocular oncology, spoke about the need for awareness regarding the eye cancer, retinoblastoma with emphasis on early detection […]

Pune: Doctors use robot-assisted surgery to remove rare kidney tumour

In a challenging surgery, doctors from Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune successfully managed to remove a tumour from within a person’s kidney. This procedure helped save the patients kidney or else it would have had to be removed. Such a type of tumour is extremely rare and barely occurs in most cases

Pune: Doctors use robot-assisted surgery to remove rare kidney tumourA 55-year-old Pimpri Chinchwad resident was recently diagnosed with hypertension. However, his ever-increasing complaints of abdominal pain had him running from pillar-to-post. “I tried everything to alleviate the pain but nothing would help subside it. Finally, it was my family physician who suggested sonography which revealed a mass in my kidneys. I was shocked and […]

WHO releases guidelines for preventing dementia

Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia and, with one new case every three seconds, the number of people with dementia is set to triple by 2050. The increasing numbers of people with dementia, its significant social and economic impact and lack of curative treatment, make it imperative for countries to focus on reducing modifiable risk factors for dementia

WHO releases guidelines for preventing dementiaPeople can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. “In the next 30 years, the number of […]

‘Health check-ups a must for food delivery boys,’ states Maha FDA

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cracked the whip, directing all the online food delivery companies to conduct a medical examination of the food delivery boys

‘Health check-ups a must for food delivery boys,’ states Maha FDAThe Maharashtra FDA has written a letter to all the online food delivery giants to adhere to the orders. According to FDA, the order has been issued as a precautionary measure to make sure that food is being handled by the delivery boys who are not suffering from any disease. Feeling hungry? No worries, just […]

PG medical admission: Maha govt brings ordinance to uphold quota for Maratha community

In a move aimed at calming protesting post-graduate medical students from the Maratha community, the state government has issued an ordinance to maintain a 16% quota for them. On Thursday, the election commission approved the ordinance

PG medical admission: Maha govt brings ordinance to uphold quota for Maratha communityThe Maharashtra cabinet has unanimously approved to promulgate an ordinance to give 16 per cent reservation to Maratha community in the Post-graduate medical admission process The decision to bring the ordinance was taken on Friday, May 17 during the cabinet meeting. The ordinance will now be sent to the governor for the final approval Overruling […]

Bullied kids more likely to use painkillers, reveals study

Children and teens who are bullied are more than twice as likely as peers who are not victimised to take painkillers, a study of school kids in Iceland suggests

Bullied kids more likely to use painkillers, reveals studyWhile bullying has long been linked to an increased risk of suffering from chronic pain and a variety of physical and mental health complaints, research to date hasn’t offered a clear picture of how bullying influences painkiller use, the researchers note in Acta Paediatrica. For the current study, Garmy’s team examined data on 10,626 youth […]