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CSIR-IHBT developed unique enzyme for creating global niche

(11th May, 2014); CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR-IHBT), Palampur, has developed unique autoclavable Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) enzyme, used in cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical industries for end applications, like developing anti-ageing creams, extending shelf life of fruits and vegetables and during cryo-surgery and preservation of organelles, respectively.

India reaches remarkable milestone as 'Polio Free Nation' certified by WHO

On thursday, 27th march 2014, the World Health Organisation (WHO) presented official certification to India for its ‘Polio Free’ status. India is among other countries in its South East Asian region which have been certified as being free of the wild polio virus. Ghulam Nabi Azad, health minister of India, received the official certificate from WHO.

Health Ministry notified on implementation of Schedule H1 drugs in D&C rules | No more OTC selling of antibiotics

The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 (D&C rules) were amended vide Drugs and Cosmetics (Fourth Amendment) Rules, 2013 published under Gazette notification G.S.R. 588(E) dated 30.08.2013 regarding the inclusion of Schedule H1 under the D&C rules containing certain antibiotics, anti-TB drugs and habit forming drugs. The notification states that these rules will come into force after six months of their publication in the official Gazette i.e. from 1st March, 2014

Government lifting ban from Analgin

Indian health ministry revoked the ban from Analgin, potent analgesic and antipyretic. Last year in June 2013, government issued a ban on manufacturing and selling of analgin in country because it is involved in risk to human beings and whereas safer alternatives of analgin are available. After revoking ban from pioglitazone, this is the second time when ministry has lifted ban from a drug.

Government to introduce Third Line Treatment of HIV/AIDS in 10 ART Centres across the country

Presently, the first line and second line antiretroviral therapy (ART) is given to HIV/AIDS patients free of cost in all ART Centres across the country. The Technical Resource Group on ART on 27th December, 2013 recommended providing third line antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS patients through 10 centres of excellence across the country. The process for the same has been initiated at Department of AIDS Control.

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