Pharmaceuticals: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

India to receive 6,50,000 COVID-19 testing kits from China

Published: April 16, 2020

The first lot of 3 lakh COVID-19 testing kits are to arrive from China on April 16, 2020. In another 2 weeks India will receive 2 to 3 million kits from China. India is buying 100,000 RNA extraction kits and 5,50,000 antibody testing kits from China. Highlights India has diversified its imports of COVID-19 testing ..

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United Nations predict India’s GDP at 4.8%

Published: April 9, 2020

On April 9, 2020, the United Nations released a report on Economic and Social Survey of Asia and Pacific (ESCAP), 2020. Highlights According to the report, the economic growth rate of India stood at 5% in 2019-20. It has forecasted that the growth rate is to shrink to 4.8% in 2020-21 and the growth rate ..

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US FDA orders the disposal of Ranitidine

Published: April 4, 2020

After months of study, the FDA has concluded that the ranitidine drug contains unacceptable levels of carcinogenic impurities and called for its disposal. About the Issue The US Food and Drug Administration had tested the drug ranitidine over several months for presence of impurities. It discovered the presence of a carcinogenic substance called NDMA. It ..

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SEZs manufacturing essentials like pharmaceuticals, hospital equipment are operational

Published: March 31, 2020

Around 280 SEZ (Special Economic Zones) that are involved in manufacturing essential goods such as pharmaceuticals, drugs and hospital equipment are operational amidst Lock Down. These economic zones contribute 18% of the exports of the country. Highlights While addressing the ministers video conference of G20, the Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that India has not ..

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NSAIDs

Published: March 19, 2020

In light of the warning about use of ibuprofen by COVID-19 patients from the health ministry of France, medical experts have criticised the issuance of public health warning without solid base. About NSAIDs NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are those medications used for reducing pain (analgesic), decreasing fever (anti-pyretic), preventing blood clots (anti-thrombotic) and decreasing ..

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