Bring diabetes, heart and cancer drugs in 5% GST slab, Maha govt to centre

In order to make diabetes, heart and cancer drugs affordable to all, the Maharashtra government is going to send to a letter to the GST council, demanding to lower the GST rates on these medicines

Bring diabetes, heart and cancer drugs in 5% GST slab, Maha govt to centreThe Maharashtra government wants the GST council to lower the GST slab on diabetes, heart and cancer drugs from exiting 12 per cent to 5 per cent. Maharashtra’s Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has stated this during the discussion in the legislative council. The state government is contemplating the of distributing free medicines to the poor […]

Why force patients to buy medicines from hospital pharmacies: SC asks govt 

The Supreme Court has taken a stern view on the practice of the hospitals to compel patients to buy the medicines from the hospital pharmacy itself. The SC has issued a notice to the centre seeking a response on the same

Why force patients to buy medicines from hospital pharmacies: SC asks govt The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the union government, to all the states and the union territories. The SC has sought government’s response over why not to restrain the private hospitals from forcing patients to buy medicines from the hospital pharmacies. A petition was filed by a Delhi-based student, Sidharth Dalmia and his […]

Mumbai: FDA cracks whip against 410 ‘irregular’ chemist shops

The Food and Drug Administration has cracked the whip against 410 irregular drug shops in the city. The FDA has cancelled licenses of 121 chemists who have been found violating the government's orders

Mumbai: FDA cracks whip against 410 ‘irregular’ chemist shopsFrom April 2017 to March 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken stern actions against 410 retail and wholesale chemist shops in Mumbai. Of which, FDA has suspended the licenses of 208 retail drug shops and has revoked licenses of 38 chemists over the violation of government’s order. While 81 wholesale drug dealers, […]

Health Ministry: Red band with warning on scheduled drugs mandatory

The health ministry has through a government notification issued on April 26, 2018 has sought to make changes on the printing of a medical strip which issue warnings for Schedule G , Schedule H, Schedule X, Schedule H1 prescription drugs. It will contain a red block with black letters stating the caution or warning. The new changes on these drugs will come into effect on November 01, 2018

Health Ministry: Red band with warning on scheduled drugs mandatoryThese new guidelines will have to followed by every drug manufacturing company. The central government had earlier invited objections and suggestions for the same on November 03, 2017. In 2016, India’s drug industry has opposed the union health ministry’s proposal to make a red band mandatory with black letters on packaging labels of prescription-only drugs, […]

PM Modi advocates ‘Fit India’ movement

In 42nd Mann ki Baat, PM Modi exhorted the importance of fitness and health, owing to requests and recommendations he received over letters and e-mails from the public. Yoga guarantees fitness as well as wellness, it has become a global mass movement today, said PM Modi, while introducing the 'Fit India' movement

PM Modi advocates ‘Fit India’ movementIn his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, the Prime Minister said: Preventive healthcare is most cheap and easy. As much as we are conscious about preventive healthcare, it will be beneficial for the person, his family and society. A healthy India is vital as a clean India. In case of health, the country has […]

Urgent need to develop new drugs to fight 12 dangerous bacteria, says WHO

Describing each of the 12 bacterium as "priority pathogens" and as greatest threats to human health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says many of these have already evolved into deadly superbugs that are resistant to many antibiotics

Urgent need to develop new drugs to fight 12 dangerous bacteria, says WHONew antibiotics must be developed urgently to fight a dozen dangerous families of bacteria, the World Health Organization said on Monday, describing these “priority pathogens” as the greatest threats to human health. Many of these bacteria have already evolved into deadly superbugs that are resistant to many antibiotics, the United National health agency said. The […]

Switching medications? Consult a doctor

As per a recent study, none of the five most commonly prescribed diabetes pills in India that combine metformin with other medicines have gone through rigorous testing meeting standards laid out by the WHO. It suggests that Indian patients taking these combinations should discuss with their clinicians before making a switching to a different agent

Switching medications? Consult a doctorAbout 8 months ago, Lekha Shah (name changed) was given medicines to control her heart beat which was unusually fast. However after many dosages, the heartbeat couldn’t be controlled. That’s when the doctor grew puzzled. “A detailed check-up revealed that the pharmacist gave her a wrong drug by misreading the name of the medicine. This […]

How to deal with gallstones: Know its causes, prevention and treatment

Talk with your doctors before trying to treat gallstones by yourself. They can help you receive a correct diagnosis. They can also advise you on all of your treatment options. If you have yellowing of the eyes, fever or chills, and intense abdominal pain, seek medical care immediately

How to deal with gallstones: Know its causes, prevention and treatmentWhat are gallstones? Gallstones are hard deposits that form in your gallbladder. There are two types of gallstones: cholesterol gallstones, which are most common and made up of excess cholesterol pigment gallstones, which are made up of excess bilirubin Surgery is a common treatment for gallstones, but you may be able to treat them with […]

NPPA: ‘To claim higher margin, doctors-hospitals prescribe branded medicine’

Since the analysis done by NPPA is a matter of public concern, it is being up in public domain with the objective of removing information asymmetry between patients and the hospitals and for the greater transparency in healthcare system m in public interest

NPPA: ‘To claim higher margin, doctors-hospitals prescribe branded medicine’On Tuesday evening, the National Pharmacists Pricing Authority (NPPA) tweeted, ‘NPPA uploads analysis of bills of some hospitals based on complaints of overcharging.’ On seeing the upload, a list of medicines, their actual price as well as the profit margin was unveiled. “It is amply clear that for claiming higher margins, doctors and hospitals preferred […]

Ban online pharmacy ads, Pharmacy Council Of India writes to DCGI

Though, selling medicines online has been banned. An advertisement is being aired on the television, since few days. So, the Pharmacy Council Of India has written a letter to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to take an immediate action against the same. The Pharmacy Association demanded that the advertise which tarnishes the image of the pharmacist should be banned

Ban online pharmacy ads, Pharmacy Council Of India writes to DCGIAs per the letter: Advertising for online pharmacy is illegal. In this ad, the patient is making fun of the pharmacist and the chemists. Patients do not like purchasing medicines from local chemist. Maharashtra Registered Pharmacists Association has opposed the ad. On December 10, the association had written to Smriti Irani, Information and  Broadcasting Minister  […]
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