Drugs: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan launched in 272 districts

On September 20, 2020, the minister of state for Social justice and Empowerment Shri Ratan Lal Kataria said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha that the Ministry has launched Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan in more than 272 districts so far. The National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction has been formulated ..

Facts Box: World Drug Report 2020

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recently released the World Drug Report, 2020. The report highlighted the possible consequences the COVID-19 on illegal drug production and supply. Key Findings of the report The report says that around 26.9 crore people used drugs in 2018. This was 30% more than those used in 2009. ..

New Biomolecules to fight Kala Azar Drug Resistance

A team of researchers from Department of Biotechnology, National Centre for Cell Science have found ways to combat drug resistance of Kala Azar disease. Miltefosine is the only drug available against Leishmaniasis or Kala Azar and is losing its effectiveness lately. What is the issue? The transporter proteins play a major role in carrying miltefosine ..

Colchicine

Scientists in Canada have launched a study to look into the possible use of colchicine, a powerful anti-inflammatory drug, to treat COVID-19. About the Drug Colchicine is an anti-inflammatory drug that was first extracted from a plant called Autumn Crocus. It has been in use since the times of ancient Egyptian Civilisation. It was first ..

Prophylaxis

The concept of prophylaxis is being discussed in light of several countries looking into the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for treating COVID-19. About Prophylaxis Prophylaxis is also called preventive healthcare. It is the series of measures taken to prevent the affliction of a disease. Disease prevention requires several categories of action: Primordial prevention: steps ..