Pharma News

GSK gets clean chit from DCGI for running cervical cancer vaccine ads in media

The multinational drug company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which had run an advertisement blitzkrieg in several national newspapers in the country on cervical cancer vaccine late last year in gross violation of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Drugs and Magical Remedies Act 1954, has been completely absolved of any irregularities by the drug controller general of India (DCGI) Dr Surinder Singh, it is learnt.

Long-Term Use of Anabolic Steroids Associated With Reduced LV Ejection Fraction

April 29, 2010 (Boston, Massachusetts) — Long-term users of anabolic androgenic steroids have a high risk of developing cardiac dysfunction, which may be severe enough to increase the risk of heart failure, a new study suggests [1].

The study, published online April 27, 2010 in Circulation: Heart Failure, was conducted by a group led by Dr Aaron Baggish (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA).

PCI warns pharmacy colleges planning to launch 2nd shift for B Pharm

The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), the statutory body governing the pharmacy education in the country, has warned against the move by some of the institutes to start a second shift for pharmacy courses. PCI said that it would not approve such courses or students taking such courses as per the Pharmacy Act, 1948.

Cytomegalovirus Resistance Linked to Subtherapeutic Ganciclovir

The resistance of cytomegalovirus (CMV) to ganciclovir prophylaxis might be related to subtherapeutic levels of the antiviral agent, according to investigators from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.

Although the study was small, the findings sparked a lively discussion among those attending the session on transplant infections at the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation 30th Anniversary Meeting.

HPV Testing May Detect More Precancerous Cells Than Conventional Cytology

As part of a well-established organized screening program, primary human papillomavirus (HPV) screening with cytology triage is more sensitive than conventional cytology in the detection of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grade III, according to the results of a randomized trial reported online April 28 in the BMJ.

State FDA lists 44 drug samples as not-of-standard drugs in March

Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found 44 drugs not-of-standard-quality during its inspection in March 2010. Most of the not-of-standard-quality drugs were from tax-holiday states Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal. And every month, the number of sub-standard drug samples keeps increasing and firms from these two states have major share in this list.

Work for vaccine production started in 2 PSUs, BCG Lab in Chennai yet to get green signal

Even as two of the three PSUs, CRI in Kasauli and PII in Coonoor, have run into action within two months of accepting the order of resumption of vaccine production from the Union Health Ministry on February 26 this year, the BCG Vaccine Lab in Chennai is still waiting for approval from authorities to commence operations, it is learnt.