Opinion  /  Published 27.07.20

An opaque model of drug approval in India

In a break from regular procedure to approve new drugs, the Drugs Controller General of India recently approved Biocon’s therapeutic candidate, itolizumab, for the treatment of Covid-19 patients...
By Dinesh Thakur in

India  /  Published 27.07.20

Covid: Itolizumab protocol cloud

The National Task Force on the new coronavirus disease has decided that there is not enough evidence yet to include the drug itolizumab in Covid-19 treatment protocols even though India’s drug r...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

India  /  Published 20.07.20

Favipiravir: scan on cost, drug-maker's claims

India’s drug regulatory authority, acting on a complaint from a member of Parliament, has sought clarifications from Mumbai-based Glenmark Pharmaceuticals over the cost of and allegedly false cl...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

Jharkhand  /  Published 19.07.20

Most wanted drug peddler held

A woman drug peddler, wanted by the police for over four years for being the key supplier of heroin in the Kolhan region, was arrested on Sunday, capping a month-long effort that began while investiga...
By Kumud Jenamani in Jamshedpur

India  /  Published 14.07.20

Covid: trial size tempers hope

Bangalore-based Biocon on Monday released what it said were “compelling” clinical trial results indicating that itolizumab, a drug the firm manufactures, can reduce the need for ventilator...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

India  /  Published 12.07.20

Covid: nod to use skin drug

India has approved the restricted emergency use of itolizumab in patients with moderate or severe coronavirus disease, repurposing for Covid-19 a molecule released by the Bangalore-based companyBiocon...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

India  /  Published 30.06.20

Vaccine: Pune gets human trial nod

A strain of the new coronavirus, isolated in a government lab in Pune and killed with chemicals, will be India’s first home-grown candidate vaccine against Covid-19 to head into human safety and...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

North East  /  Published 18.12.19

Concern over rise in crimes

Residents and organisations in Barak Valley’s Karimganj district have expressed concern over deterioration of law and order and increase in smuggling and use of drugs. Robbery cases are also on the ...
By Satananda Bhattacharjee in Hailakandi

West Bengal  /  Published 02.04.19

Mr Darjeeling: drug abuse to muscleman

In school, Pasang Sherpa often stole money to buy drugs. Last week, the 35-year-old stole the limelight, muscling his way to the Mr. Darjeeling title.“I feel happy being able to send a message. We s...
By Vivek Chhetri in Darjeeling

Science  /  Published 16.07.19

Psychedelic microdoses can help focus: study

A University of Toronto Mississauga researcher and his colleagues have “uncovered high potential research avenues” for assessing the benefits and drawbacks of microdosing with the psychedelic subs...
By Elaine Smith in


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