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Govt planning penal provisions to deter pharma companies from bribing doctors with freebies | Sex determination lands doctor couple in jail for three years

The promised mandatory marketing code for pharma companies, which is to replace the voluntary code in operation since January last year, will have strong penal provisions to deter them from bribing doctors with freebies to prescribe their drugs.

Govt planning penal provisions to deter pharma companies from bribing doctors with freebies

New Delhi: The promised mandatory marketing code for pharma companies, which is to replace the voluntary code in operation since January last year, will have strong penal provisions to deter them from bribing doctors with freebies to prescribe their drugs. The voluntary code, initially applicable till June 2015, has been given four extensions despite the department repeatedly admitting it wasn’t working.

Sex determination lands doctor couple in jail for three years

Nashik (Maharashtra): The Pimpalgaon district court has awarded three years of imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on a doctor couple — Dr Arun Patil and Dr Shobhana Patil — under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act for sex determination. In May, the Maharashtra Medical Council had suspended the accreditation of the doctor couple.

Kerala government doctors on the warpath

Thiruvananthapuram: Over 1,500 government doctors in the state health service staged a dharna in front of the secretariat on Tuesday in protest against the government’s “inaction and continued disinterest” in resolving the anomalies in the Tenth Pay Commission recommendations, which had resulted in a slash of even the existing salaries.

Nobel prize judges fired in stem-cell surgeon’s scientific scandal

Stockholm: The Karolinska Institute’s assembly that awards the Nobel Prize for medicine has asked two of its judges — Anders Hamsten and Harriet Wallberg – to resign following a scandal around a stem-cell surgeon Paulo Macchiarini who faces accusations of scientific fraud and misconduct resulting in the death of two patients. Hamsten had hired Macchiarini and Wallberg headed the KI medical university when Macchiarini was hired.

Test to avoid unwanted blood transfusion during dengue

New Delhi: The Immature Platelet Fraction (IPF) test during dengue can prevent unwanted blood transfusion along with the complications related to it, a study by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said on Monday. If the IPF, a modern parameter that measures young and thereby reticulated platelets in peripheral blood, is high then there is no requirement of blood transfusion in a dengue patient even if there were initial indications of its requirement, the doctors said.

Soon, science graduates to be deployed as rural doctors in Jharkhand

Ranchi: Grappling with a severe shortage of doctors, the state health and family welfare department plans to enlist the services of science graduates to serve as registered medical practitioners (RMP) at rural health posts. The selected students will undergo training to ensure they perform their duties properly.

UP’s private medical, dental colleges asked to give 50% seats to poor

Lucknow: The state government has announced that the state’s private medical and dental colleges would have to reserve 50% seats for meritorious students from economically weaker sections. Such students would be required to pay a nominal fee of Rs 36,000 per annum instead of around Rs 10 lakh.

Supreme Court rejects plea on Lodha panel

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a plea alleging that the apex court-appointed oversight panel headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha had overshot MCI and Health Ministry’s disapproval and allowed several medical colleges to admit students. The apex court asked Anand Rai, a doctor who had filed the PIL, to give a representation to Justice Lodha panel instead.

Is woman a child-producing factory, asks minister

New Delhi: Rejecting a woman’s right to decide whether or not to let out her womb, Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare, Anupriya Patel has slammed the mindset of families that “used a woman’s body to make money”. “People say it is the conscious choice of the woman. Our stand is that it is a very wrong notion of the family as a whole to use the woman’s body to make money. Is she a child-producing factory?” asked Patel.

Give up private practice or face action: Health minister

Ranchi: Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi on Monday warned the doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) to give up private practice or face suspension. Chandravanshi also directed the doctors to abstain from prescribing medicines that are not sold in generic drug stores and end the menace of medical representatives on hospital premises.

Cash-strapped ICMR wants medical research budget doubled

New Delhi: Soumya Swaminathan, director general, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has said, “If we look at budgets of other agencies around the world, you find the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US has a budget of $32 billion. Now, we don’t have to compete with that. But on a per capita basis, our investment in health research is just Rs 10 per head per year because our budget is Rs 1,000 crore. Our overall investment in R&D is 0.8 per cent of the GDP, whereas countries like China are investing somewhere close to 2.5-3.0 per cent of the GDP. We are requesting an enhanced budget. We are requesting for double of what we get and are sure we can spend it.”

Indian scientists unlock preterm birth mystery

Chennai: A team of researchers led by Professor Anirban Banerjee from the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Bombay, and Dr Deepak Modi from Mumbai’s National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, has made a major discovery by understanding the mechanisms by which preterm births (between 28 and 32 weeks of gestation) occur. At 35 per cent, India accounts for the highest burden of preterm births in the world.

Breakthrough in brain research by Allahabad University team

Allahabad: A team of scientists led by Prof S I Rizvi at the biochemistry department of Allahabad University (AU) claimed to have successfully established that decline in activity of an enzyme, acetylcholinesterase, results in ageing and loss of memory in human beings. The research also supports the age-old hypothesis that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants could help improve the functioning of the brain.

Now, a ‘Smart Lab’ for doctors, surgeons

Rajamahendravaram (Andhra Pradesh): GSL Medical College’s Clinical Simulation Lab (CSL), titled as ‘Smart Lab’ which was inaugurated recently for the benefit of postgraduate medical students, practising surgeons and teachers, is going to be a world-class medical and surgical training platform, said Dr Ahamad Nassar of Scotland and Dr Jack J Jackinawicz of the Netherlands.

WHO certifies Sri Lanka malaria-free

Colombo: In a remarkable public health achievement, Sri Lanka was on Monday certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) on having eliminated malaria, a life-threatening disease which long affected the island country.

Govt launches biggest leprosy detection campaign; 32 crore people to be screened across 19 states/UTs

New Delhi: Health Minister J P Nadda on Monday launched the “biggest” Leprosy Case Detection Campaign (LCDC) across 149 districts of 19 states and union territories of the country. This fortnight-long campaign will cover 1656 blocks/urban areas of these districts and screen a total of 32 crore people for leprosy. For this purpose, 2,97,604 teams comprising of one lady ASHA worker and one male volunteer each would visit every house in their allotted area and screen all the family members for leprosy.

Nobel Prize Series launches in India for long-term programme

Stockholm: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by Nobel Media and the Government of India, represented by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, for hosting Nobel Prize Series in India for five years.

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