India making over 1 lakh PPE kits a day: Govt

India is now making a substantial number of essential medical supplies such as personal protection equipment (PPE), N95 masks and ventilators, the central government said today. Medical professionals in India were hit by a dangerous shortage of PPE kits and N95 masks till about two weeks ago, leading to at least some nurses taking to […]

Delhi, TN, Haryana flatten the Coronavirus curve in India

Five states in India have so far ‘flattened’ the Coronavirus curve in India, while the situation in nine states continues to be cause for concern. In all, four states are seeing strong daily increases in COVID-19 numbers. These are Maharashtra and Gujarat — the most worrisome — as well as Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh (see […]

CORONAVIRUS: Gujarat overtakes Delhi for No.2 spot, leads in death rate

With an addition of 127 cases so far today, the western Indian state of Gujarat has dislodged the national capital Delhi as the state with the second highest number of Coronavirus 2019 cases in India. The state, which also crossed the 2,000 patient milestone today, also has the highest death rate — along with Madhya […]

ICMR to start BCG Vaccine study for Coronavirus next week

Indian Council of Medical Research, India’s top body for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, said it will start a new trial next week to study the efficacy of anti-TB vaccine BCG in preventing mortality in COVID-19. The statement comes even as the World Health Organization has said that there is no evidence […]

New COVID-19 cases in India cross the 800/day mark

Even as discussions about the continuation of the national lockdown continues, India has seen a record number of new COVID-19 patients in the last 24 hours. According to various crowd-sourced data sources, a total of 809 new cases of Coronavirus infections were reported in the last 24 hours (official confirmation expected today afternoon). This is […]

RISING COVID-19 CASES: Is India’s lock-down a total failure?

The first case of COVID-19 in India was reported 67 days ago on January 30 in Kerala. It was only after 55 days that India imposed a countrywide lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading. In those 55 days, the Coronavirus infected around 500 people — at an average rate of 9 new infections per […]

COVID-19: Kerala likely to increase liquor outlets to prevent crowding

Kerala Government may radically expand the number of liquor outlets in the state by tomorrow to prevent crowding at the existing outlets. Kerala State Beverages Corporation, along with Kerala State Co-operatives Consumers’ Federation, has a legal monopoly over the retailing of liquor in Kerala. However, with only around 300 outlets to serve a population of […]

CORONAVIRUS: Superstar Mohanlal calls for magical clapping

Malayalam Superstar Mohanlal expressed frustration at the high number of people who are refusing to heed government’s instructions on combating Coronavirus, and compared community clapping to magic that can destroy bacteria and viruses. “It won’t do to just say that we are not used to [such restrictions],” Mohanlal said in an interview with Malayalam channel […]

AYUSH Ministry hits back over criticism of Coronavirus advisory

The ministry of traditional medicines at Government of India has hit back at critics who have questioned the medical validity of its recent advisory on countering Coronavirus through herbal medicine. The AYUSH ministry had issued a list of dos and don’ts last week, including items such as ensuring proper personal hygiene, wearing face masks in […]

Biocon gets Form 483 observations for API plant

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a Form 483 with five observations for Biocon’s API Manufacturing facility. Form 483 observations are issued when US FDA inspectors notice shortcomings in a company’s manufacturing processes, data storage and so on during an inspection. The company has to address the issues raised in the Form 483 […]

Alembic gets two observations for Karkhadi plant

Alembic Pharmaceuticals, one of India’s biggest drug makers, received two observations from US FDA officials who inspected its plant at Karkhadi in Gujarat. Observations, given in Form 483, indicate that the inspectors were not fully satisfied with what they found during the visit. In a Form 483, the FDA typically outlines conditions or practices at […]

Natco Pharma seeks nod for generic copy of Taiho’s cancer drug Lonsurf

India-based Natco Pharma has filed an application with the US Food and Drug Administration seeking permission to market a generic copy of Lonsurf, a drug approved just four years ago to treat colorectal/gastric cancers. The application has been filed with a ‘Paragraph IV’ declaration. Such a declaration essentially states that the filer, Natco, believes that […]