The Central government has moved forward with its plan to bring all implantable medical devices and other critical medical equipment under the purview of Section 3 (b) (iv) of the Drugs and Cosmetics (D&C) Act 1940 to ensure quality and reliability.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has restricted the manufacture of Oxytocin formulations for domestic use to public sector only from 1st July 2018. It has also banned the import of Oxytocin and its formulations.
From 1st July 2018, no private manufacturer will be allowed to manufacture the drug for domestic use.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission have updated their guidance to help pharmaceutical companies prepare for the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU).
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway to extend the cooperation within health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018 to 2020, here.
The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has taken step to introduce an effective “trace and track” mechanism on top 300 brands, which would be included in the initiative. The top 300 brands were identified on the basis of moving annual total (MAT) data.
In an endeavour to encourage health innovations in India and Africa, a conclave was organised by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Amref Africa, the Institute of Development Studies, UK (IDS UK), Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar in partnership with NITI Aayog. This event was hosted at the GE Healthcare Centre in Bengaluru.
The National Institutes of Health plans to end funding to Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health (MACH) trial. National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) funding for the MACH trial will end within the next few months following completion of an orderly closeout.
The central government has ordered pharmacies to display generic drugs on separate shelves so that consumers can opt for generic medicine to expensive brand name drugs.
Drug Comptroller General has issued a letter to all states and union territories to provide a shelf for display of generic medicines.
WHO published its first Essential Diagnostics List, a catalogue of the tests needed to diagnose the most common conditions as well as a number of global priority diseases.
The Indian Ocean Rim Association - Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (IORA-RCSTT) Coordination Centre was inaugurated on 7 May 2018 at the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) campus of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Lucknow.