Pharmaceuticals
ICMR to test efficacy of two medicines for tackling drug-resistant TB

ICMR to test efficacy of two medicines for tackling drug-resistant TB

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is planning to test the efficacy of two medicines — Metformin and Bedaquiline Delaminate — for tackling the drug-resistant tuberculosis. more

Novartis fined $49 million for bribing doctors to prescribe its drugs

Novartis fined $49 million for bribing doctors to prescribe its drugs

Seoul: Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has been fined 55.1 billion won ($48.80 million) by the South Korean government for bribing doctors to prescribe its drugs. The government has also suspended insurance coverage for Novartis’ nine medicines for six months. more

It may soon become mandatory for doctors to prescribe generic drugs

It may soon become mandatory for doctors to prescribe generic drugs

New Delhi: The government is preparing to launch a Uniform Code for Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices (UCPMP), which will mandate doctors to prescribe generic drugs rather than more expensive branded ones. more

US FDA approves two hepatitis C drugs for paediatric patients

US FDA approves two hepatitis C drugs for paediatric patients

Washington: The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved supplemental applications for Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir) to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) in children ages 12 to 17. Harvoni and Sovaldi were previously approved to treat HCV in adults. more

US FDA approves Xermelo for carcinoid syndrome diarrhoea

US FDA approves Xermelo for carcinoid syndrome diarrhoea

Washington: The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved Xermelo (telotristat ethyl) tablets in combination with somatostatin analogue (SSA) therapy for the treatment of adults with carcinoid syndrome diarrhoea that SSA therapy alone has inadequately controlled. more

US FDA approves new psoriasis drug

US FDA approves new psoriasis drug

Washington: The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Siliq (brodalumab) to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. more

GSK restores manufacturing of Neosporin

GSK restores manufacturing of Neosporin

Mumbai: GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited on Saturday announced that it has restored the manufacturing of Neosporin, an antibiotic used to treat minor wounds. more

Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare comes out in support of Whistleblower Paediatrician

Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare comes out in support of Whistleblower Paediatrician

New Delhi: The Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare (ADEH) on Wednesday said it is dismayed by the news that Dr more

US FDA approves Trulance for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

US FDA approves Trulance for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

Washington: The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Trulance (plecanatide) for the treatment of Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) in adult patients. more

Paediatrician suspended from IAP after raising voice against ‘nexus’ between vaccine manufacturers and doctors

Paediatrician suspended from IAP after raising voice against ‘nexus’ between vaccine manufacturers and doctors

Bengaluru: Dr Vipin Vashishtha, a paediatrician who wrote on December 17 last year to all 24,000 members of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) raising concerns over immunization guidelines being allegedly tweaked to favour certain vaccine manufacturers, was on Friday suspended from all memberships of the association, including as convener of the Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation Practices. more