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AIIMS to conduct conference on care of children born with cleft lip, palate & craniofacial anomalies

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi is hosting a conference on the care of children born with cleft lip, palate and craniofacial anomalies. The programme is part of the ninth Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Cleft Lip palate and Craniofacial Anomalies which is being held in New Delhi from April 23 to April 25.

Liraglutide Superior to Sitagliptin When Added to Metformin for Glycemic Control

The addition of a glucagonlike peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist in patients with inadequate glycemic control when treated with metformin alone resulted in significantly larger reductions in HbA1c levels when compared with the addition of a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor, a new study has shown.

FDA Launches Campaign to Improve Infusion-Pump Safety

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today unveiled an ambitious campaign to improve the safety of external infusion pumps, which have triggered 56,000 FDA adverse event reports linked to more than 500 deaths and 87 product recalls from 2005 through 2009, according to the agency.

The campaign mostly affects the makers of external infusion pumps, which may find FDA inspectors visiting their plants to ensure that safe manufacturing and testing processes are in place.

IPA to conduct panel discussion on: how to handle expired drugs, next month

In the wake of the present expired drugs scam that plagued the entire pharma industry in Tamil Nadu, the Industry Division of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association plans to conduct a Panel Discussion on ‘How to Handle the Expired Drugs’. The programme will be conducted in Chennai in the first week of next month.

3G technology to revolutionize Indian healthcare space: Vishal Bali

The introduction of 3G technology will change the face of healthcare delivery and the huge wave of 3G licenses and its impact on healthcare will be exponential. The availability of 3G bandwidth will enable video broadcast and data-intensive services telemedicine through wireless communications which will help accessibility of medical care to patients in far flung areas, said Vishal Bali, CEO Fortis Hospital.

FDA warning to Propylthiouracil

April 21, 2010 — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a boxed warning to the drug label for propylthiouracil about reports of severe liver injury and acute liver failure, in some cases fatal, that have been reported in both adult and pediatric patients who used this drug.

Notice of the warning was sent today in an alert from MedWatch, the FDA's safety information and adverse event reporting program.

Pharmexcil urges PM to extend sunset clause till March 2015 for pharma SEZs

The Pharmaceutical Exports Promotion Council (Pharmexcil) has urged prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh to extend the income tax benefits offered for the pharma Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under section 10 B, the sunset clause, under the Income Tax Act to four more years till the year 2015 for the existing units, in an effort to support the pharmaceutical exporters in the country.

Early vs Late Tracheotomy May Not Lower Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Risk

April 20, 2010 — Early vs late tracheotomy (6 - 8 days vs 13 - 15 days after mechanical ventilation) may not significantly lower the risk for ventilator-associated pneumonia in adult patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), according to the results of a randomized controlled trial reported in the April 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.