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Bar Coding of Primary Packs of Drugs

The government of India has made it mandatory to bar-code mono cartons (primary packs) of drugs shipped out of the country from July 1 2015. Primary packaging includes ampoules, vials, bottles, cartridges and blister-packs. This is to ensure that the reputation of the Indian pharma industry is not tarnished by medicines manufactured illicitly in other countries and passed off as Indian in origin. Indian pharma products have built up a …Read More

Panel on Medical Devices

In December 2014, the Union Health Ministry of India decided to set up a high level committee to review the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1945 and make the rules more relevant. The committee has now set up 7 sub-groups to look at different segments. The following 2 groups are relevant for Medical Devices:   1. Sub-group on Medical Devices and IVD Rakesh Sharma of CII will be the Nodal Coordinator. Dr …Read More

Diabetic Foot Q&A by Dr Arun Bal

Dr. Arun Bal is one of the most prominent diabetologists in India. He is a diabetic foot surgeon at Raheja Hospital, Mumbai. He is also the President of Diabetic Foot Society of India. The following Q&A dates back to 2007; however the issues addressed are equally relevant today.   Q I am a 55 year-old man and Type 2 diabetic. Can I get diabetic foot? A Even when you have …Read More

Jan Aushadhi Scheme for Low Cost Generic Medicines

What is it The government of India plans to sell generic medicines at low prices under the “Jan Aushadhi” brand. Already, there are more than a 100 Jan Aushadhi outlets set up at District Hospitals since the program was started in 2008. Making the brand available in regular pharmacies will greatly increase the reach of the program.   When will it be launched July 1 2015   Which products will …Read More

eDura – an elastic spine implant

A team at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland has announced the development of flexible spinal implants that could help paralysed people walk again. The implant is called the eDura for “electronic dura mater”. The dura mater is the soft connective tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Traditional implants are more rigid and cause damage to surrounding nerve tissue, resulting in scarring and ultimately in rejection. eDura …Read More

First new antibiotic in 30 years

The  Antimicrobial Discovery Center at Northeastern University in Boston, US announced the discovery of Teixobactin, the first new class of antibiotics in nearly 30 years.  The discovery is a breakthrough because bacteria are increasingly becoming resistant to existing antibiotics. The rampant misuse and overuse of antibiotics has been blamed for this increasing bacterial resistance. Also, pharmaceutical companies had diverted resources from the study of antibiotics to the development of more lucrative cures to life-style …Read More

100% FDI In Medical Devices in India

Today, the Indian Cabinet has approved 100% FDI in Medical Devices in India. Till now, FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in this sector required FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) approval. The need for FIPB approval led to long delays in getting foreign funding. The definition of a Medical Device is broad and includes  “instrument, apparatus, appliance, implant, reagent, calibrator, control material, kit, equipment”. Till this change, Medical Devices were subject to the same rules …Read More

Varicose Veins – FAQs by Dr Roy Varghese – Part 3 of 3

Dr. Roy Varghese MS, DNB, Ph.D, FSVS (USA), Vascular Surgeon, Jubilee Mission Medical College, Trichur, Kerala answers varicose vein related queries. This is Part 3 of 3. This section addresses surgical options for the treatment of varicose veins.   18. What are the varicose vein treatment procedures available? Compression therapy, Surgery, Laser therapy, Radio frequency ablation and Sclerotherapy. 19.How many days hospital stay is required for each procedure? For surgery 1 day …Read More

Varicose Veins – FAQs by Dr Roy Varghese – Part 2 of 3

Dr. Roy Varghese MS, DNB, Ph.D, FSVS (USA), Vascular Surgeon, Jubilee Mission Medical College, Trichur, Kerala answers varicose vein related queries. This is Part 2 of 3. This section addresses the use of compression stockings for the management of varicose veins.   Do I have to wear varicose vein stockings for rest of my life? It is better to wear stockings when ever possible as it help to prevent the recurrence …Read More

Varicose Veins – FAQs by Dr Roy Varghese – Part 1 of 3

Dr. Roy Varghese MS, DNB, Ph.D, FSVS (USA), Vascular Surgeon, Jubilee Mission Medical College, Trichur, Kerala answers varicose vein related queries. This is Part 1 of 3. This section addresses the causes and nature of varicose veins. What are varicose veins? Varicose veins are twisted enlarged veins seen under the surface of the skin, caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins resulting in the accumulation of impure blood in …Read More