According to an international study published in The Lancet, pollution caused three times more deaths than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis put together in 2015. India not only recorded the maximum deaths in the year, but also the most due to air pollution: 18 lakh.
Not only are new HIV infections and deaths declining, but more people than ever are on life-saving treatment, according to data published ahead of an AIDS science conference opening in Paris on Sunday.
"Zydus Cadila has received the final approval from the USFDA to market Acylovir for injection USP in strengths of 500 mg/vial and 1000 mg/vial," the company said in a BSE filing.
The bill lays down penal provisions for any discrimination practised against a person with HIV/AIDS and breach of confidentiality.
There was a "good increase in trade but opportunities do exist. The newer sectors in which we can have greater interaction, engagement and productive relationship are renewable energy, pharmaceuticals and healthcare," the Commerce and Industry Minister said.
Twenty-two companies, including Pfizer, Merck, Novartis, Roche, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, will contribute funds and expertise to the project, which is backed by the World Bank.
The leading player in developing generic Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) aims to utilise the net proceeds from the fresh issue towards pre-payment of term loans and general corporate purposes.
"Our concerted efforts and strategies have been able to see a success story of India. We can now safely say that we can end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030," Nadda said during an event to mark World AIDS Day.
The Union Cabinet approved amendments to 'The HIV and AIDS Bill, 2014' drafted to safeguard the rights of people living with HIV and affected by HIV.
In reply to an RTI query filed by Mumbai-based activist Chetan Kothari, NACO said a total of 2,234 cases involving patients getting infected with HIV while getting blood transfusion were reported across the country within a period of 17 months.
In a regulatory filing, Ipca Laboratories said the Geneva-based organisation that provides financial aid against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, has informed the company about its decision on Wednesday via a letter.
A notification issued last week by Central Board of Excise and Customs had announced that customs duty exemption on the import of 74 drugs was withdrawn.
In a revision of the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), 2011 by the core committee constituted by the Health Ministry, 106 medicines were added while 70 were deleted after a series of meetings and consultations across the country.
"As per the latest data, out of the 12 targets, India is on track for five and moderately on track for another four. It's lagging in respect of two targets, and progress under one component is not statistically discernible," Statistics Minister V K Singh said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.
In addition, maximum retail has been capped in respect of 106, non-scheduled medicines, under para 19, of the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) 2013, the minister added.
Cipla further said: "Studies found that the reduced dose of 400 mg Efavirenz was non-inferior to the standard dose of 600 mg Efavirenz dose when combined with Tenofovir/ Emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) and Tenofovir/ Lamivudine (TDF/ 3TC) as initial HIV therapy. Both doses demonstrated similar safety profiles."
The amended rule relaxes the condition of obtaining the certificate for claiming expenditure under section 80DDB in respect of specified ailments from a specialist working in a government hospital, the Finance Ministry said.
India's efforts to fight HIV have for years centred around community-based programmes run for people at high risk of contracting the virus, such as sex workers and injecting drug users.
The approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) is for an innovative formulation â€” Lopinavir/Ritonavir 40mg/ 10 mg oral pellets, Cipla said in a statement.
The number of people newly infected with HIV over the last year was lower than the number of HIV-positive people who joined those getting access to the medicines they need to take for life to keep AIDS at bay.
Overseas aid minister Justine Greening said the British government would contribute a billion pounds, or 333 million pounds a year, for the 2014-2016 funding period.
Aurobindo's Efavirenz+Lamivudine+Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate tablets can be used alone or in combination with other antiretrovirals for treating HIV-1 infection in adults and adolescents.
Aurobindo Pharma gets tentative approval from the US FDA to manufacture and market efavirenz, lamivudine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate tablets used for treating a type of HIV infection.
US health regulators have approved a generic version of the cancer drug Doxil in a move that could ease a months-long shortage that has threatened the lives of thousands of patients.
Researchers at Queensland Institute of Medical Research here have claimed of making a breakthrough that could lead to a potential cure for AIDS.