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  • Will proposed drug database resolve lax monitoring of quality? Nov 17, 2022 12:31 PM IST

    Will proposed drug database resolve lax monitoring of quality?

    Officially, the government has maintained that there is nothing wrong with the drug-quality monitoring regime. But the move to set up a panel to create a repository of medicines licensed and marketed in India is being seen as an admission of loopholes in the system.

  • Soon 300 drug formulations to have mandatory bar codes on packages Nov 05, 2022 03:36 PM IST

    Soon 300 drug formulations to have mandatory bar codes on packages

    The amendments to Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945 which, once approved, will come into force from May next year.

  • Hong Kong customs seize record meth haul worth $140 million Oct 29, 2022 03:37 PM IST

    Hong Kong customs seize record meth haul worth $140 million

    The drugs, which were seized Oct. 23, had been concealed in bottles labeled as coconut water in a cargo shipment that arrived in Hong Kong by sea, according to a government statement.

  • Zydus Lifesciences gets USFDA nod for 2 generic drugs Oct 17, 2022 01:41 PM IST

    Zydus Lifesciences gets USFDA nod for 2 generic drugs

    Valbenazine capsules are indicated for the treatment of tardive dyskinesia (uncontrolled movement of body parts such as face and tongue) while Roflumilast tablets are used for reducing risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in severely affected patients associated with chronic bronchitis and a history of exacerbations.

  • 40,000 kg drugs destroyed in Northeast in virtual presence of Amit Shah Oct 08, 2022 07:25 PM IST

    40,000 kg drugs destroyed in Northeast in virtual presence of Amit Shah

    While 11,000 kg of drugs, seized by the NCB, were destroyed in Guwahati, another 8,000 kg of narcotics, seized by the Assam government agencies, were also set on fire.

  • Drugs smuggling has increased in 'quantum' post-US exit from Afghanistan: Top navy official Sep 28, 2022 09:42 AM IST

    Drugs smuggling has increased in 'quantum' post-US exit from Afghanistan: Top navy official

    Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, said China’s footprint in the maritime domain of IOR has grown manifold over the last decade, with increasing presence of its warships, research and fishing vessels apart from merchant ships.

  • Drugs worth over Rs 18 crore seized in Meghalaya in 4 months, 134 persons arrested: DGP Sep 24, 2022 01:07 PM IST

    Drugs worth over Rs 18 crore seized in Meghalaya in 4 months, 134 persons arrested: DGP

    The seized drugs include 3.62 kg heroin, 4,500 kg ganja, 150 gm opium, 145 bottles of cough syrup and 11,902 amphetamines tablets.

  • Mundra port drug haul: Special Court remands three accused to 10-day NIA custody Sep 17, 2022 06:36 PM IST

    Mundra port drug haul: Special Court remands three accused to 10-day NIA custody

    In relation to the September 2021 seizure of heroin valued at Rs 21,000 crore from Mundra port in Gujarat's Kutch area, a special court remanded an Afghan citizen and two other individuals to the National Investigation Agency's (NIA) 10-day custody on Saturday.

  • Cannabis plant without flowering or fruiting tops can't be considered 'ganja': Bombay HC Sep 04, 2022 10:26 AM IST

    Cannabis plant without flowering or fruiting tops can't be considered 'ganja': Bombay HC

    A single bench of Justice Bharati Dangre in the order passed on August 29 also noted that there was a discrepancy in the substance seized by the Narcotics Control Bureau from the accused’s residence

  • Watch: BBC reporter gets high from burning pile of drugs. Video from 2014 goes viral Aug 30, 2022 02:11 PM IST

    Watch: BBC reporter gets high from burning pile of drugs. Video from 2014 goes viral

    Meanwhile, BBC had in a statement made it clear that the footage never made it onto the air.

  • India renews push for extending TRIPS waiver beyond Covid vaccines within two months of WTO deal Aug 22, 2022 04:29 PM IST

    India renews push for extending TRIPS waiver beyond Covid vaccines within two months of WTO deal

    At the global WTO summit in June, nations had agreed on loosening the intellectual property rights regime only for vaccines and deciding on similar concessions for all other Covid-19 treatments, diagnostics or technologies six months later.

  • Finland PM says she has no problem taking drug test after partying video row Aug 19, 2022 10:19 AM IST

    Finland PM says she has no problem taking drug test after partying video row

    A leaked video showing Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin dancing with a group of people has been shared widely on social media and among local media.

  • Have adopted zero tolerance policy towards drugs, showing results: Home Minister Amit Shah Jul 30, 2022 03:14 PM IST

    Have adopted zero tolerance policy towards drugs, showing results: Home Minister Amit Shah

    The Centre has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards narcotics and it was showing results, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday. This, he said, is necessary to achieve the objective of a healthy society and prosperous nation.

  • Gujarat ATS conducts searches for drugs at Mundra port Jul 12, 2022 12:02 PM IST

    Gujarat ATS conducts searches for drugs at Mundra port

    A Gujarat ATS officer said they would wait for the operation to be completed before sharing any information “but it is confirmed that there is going to be a drugs seizure in Mundra"

  • Exclusive | Government proposes over-the-counter sale of 16 commonly used medicines May 26, 2022 08:13 PM IST

    Exclusive | Government proposes over-the-counter sale of 16 commonly used medicines

    The government has proposed to introduce an OTC list with 16 medicines but has not described the exclusion or inclusion criteria

  • DRI seizes cocaine worth Rs 80 crore from inbound passengers at Hyderabad airport May 02, 2022 07:41 PM IST

    DRI seizes cocaine worth Rs 80 crore from inbound passengers at Hyderabad airport

    The two air passengers who were apprehended with the huge stash of cocaine included one Tanzanian male travelling from Cape Town to Hyderabad via Dubai on a business visa, and one lady passenger from Angola on a tourist visa; they were carrying four kilos of cocaine each.

  • Truemeds aims to become household name for medicines at true prices: Founders May 02, 2022 06:54 PM IST

    Truemeds aims to become household name for medicines at true prices: Founders

    Truemeds, which raised $22 million last month, operates from Maharashtra, where it fulfils over 100,000 orders every month. The company aims to reach 500,000 monthly orders by March 2023.

  • India's pharma exports rise to Rs 1.83 lakh crore in 2021-22 May 01, 2022 12:25 PM IST

    India's pharma exports rise to Rs 1.83 lakh crore in 2021-22

    The current market size of the domestic pharmaceutical industry is around $50 billion. The share of pharmaceuticals and drugs in the global exports is 5.92 percent

  • Want regulatory reforms to expedite launch of new drugs in India: OPPI director general Apr 11, 2022 01:07 PM IST

    Want regulatory reforms to expedite launch of new drugs in India: OPPI director general

    For India to sustain its leadership position, it has to go big on R&D. India needs extensive collaboration between industry and academia and also the development of an innovation infrastructure, says Ananthkrishnan

  • Fake journalist arrested with Rs 26 lakh drugs in Sri Lanka: reports Apr 08, 2022 01:41 PM IST

    Fake journalist arrested with Rs 26 lakh drugs in Sri Lanka: reports

    Local media reports claim that the accused smuggled drugs from India and sold them in the island country recently marred by protests amid a crippling economy and crushing debt.

  • Drug seizures in India in 2020 highest in five years: NCB Apr 07, 2022 08:35 PM IST

    Drug seizures in India in 2020 highest in five years: NCB

    .Data compiled by the federal anti-narcotics agency states that the seizure of opium went up from 4,488 kg in 2019 to 5,212 kg in 2020. Similarly, the seizure of heroin (extracted from opium) shot up from 3,231 kg in 2019 to 3,838 kg in 2020, ganja (cannabis) from 3,42,045 kg to 5,81,644 kg, ephedrine (a stimulant drug) from 686 kg to 841 kg, and hashish (drug extracted from cannabis) from 3,572 kg to 6,643 kg, the recently published NCB report for the year 2020 said.

  • Delhi customs dept seizes 5.85 kg cocaine, the biggest at any airport in India Apr 07, 2022 06:51 PM IST

    Delhi customs dept seizes 5.85 kg cocaine, the biggest at any airport in India

    In the seizures made over the past six months, almost 33.70 kg of heroin and 12.60 kg of cocaine have been seized from international passengers, the customs department said.

  • Manufacturing of 35 drug raw materials begins under PLI scheme: Govt Mar 29, 2022 07:43 PM IST

    Manufacturing of 35 drug raw materials begins under PLI scheme: Govt

    A recent scheme announced for production-linked incentive scheme for bulk drugs is aimed at cutting India’s dependence on imports of active pharmaceutical ingredients from China.

  • Exclusive | Prices of medicines used to treat common ailments set to increase steeply this year Mar 03, 2022 12:02 PM IST

    Exclusive | Prices of medicines used to treat common ailments set to increase steeply this year

    Drugs and medical devices in the National List of Essential Medicines rise year-on-year price by 2-3 percent on average, but the increase may be steeper this year      Common antibiotics and medicines for treating fever and blood pressure are among drugs whose prices are expected to increase steeply this year 

  • Andhra police destroy cannabis worth over Rs 500 crore in a first Feb 12, 2022 02:13 PM IST

    Andhra police destroy cannabis worth over Rs 500 crore in a first

    A police official said that between November 1, 2021, and February 8, 2022, 2 lakh kg of dry ganja (cannabis) had been seized under ‘Operation Parivartan’.