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Tribals want govt to scrap 1979 order denying sterilisation access -Dipankar Ghose

r-old order passed by Madhya Pradesh, which bars them from undergoing sterilisation. An order passed by the erstwhile undivided Madhya Pradesh government on December 13, 1979, issued by the Public Health and Family Welfare Department, placed restrictions on the availability of sterilisation services to certain tribes called Primitive Tribal Groups at the time. The PIL, filed by the Baiga families and members of two More »

Govt's generic push will dent Rs 90,000-cr branded pharma market -Veena Mani & Aneesh Phadnis

, instead of branded generics as they do now. Though the plan was first announced in this year’s Budget, the prime minister spoke about it for the first time at a public event on Monday. The Health ministry has now started working on amending the Drugs and Cosmetics Act to this effect. “Indian patients may face quality issues without price benefit as intense competition among marketers will lead to incentivising a chemist,” say

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Home ministry blocks foreign funds for NGO that supported Health ministry's anti-tobacco drive -Menaka Rao The Public Health Foundation of India had been working on government programmes since 2010. The Ministry of Home Affairs has barred the Public Health Foundation of India from receiving foreign funding by revoking its registration under the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act. The ministry cited the organisation’s lobbying against tobacco use as one of the reasons for the move. H

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Cheap generic vs costly branded: Issues in picking right drug in India -Kaunain Sheriff M

and preferably in capital letters” were not there originally. Also, the UPA government had from time to time, issued circulars and instructions to government hospitals and Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensaries to “prescribe generic medicines” to the “maximum extent possible”. In December 2012, the UPA government had issued a “statutory direction” to state governments under sections of the Dru

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Rival govts unite on sex test action -Arnab Ganguly

and female foeticide. Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh of the Congress today responded to a Twitter appeal from his Haryana counterpart, Manohar Lal Khattar of the BJP, and ordered the Punjab Health department and police to launch a crackdown on sex determination centres operating in Punjab. "I appeal to Punjab chief minister to deal with illegal sex determination centres firmly to ensure a bright future for all women," Khattar ha

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Generic prescription hurdles

Association, said when shown prescriptions containing only generic names, retailers were likely to pick the brands whose manufacturers offered them the highest margins. "This may, possibly, have Health implications for patients - retailers may not always give patients the medicines that doctors want them to take." If different brands of the same generic compounds are always pharmacologically equivalent to each other, doctors say, substitu

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Centre bars leading NGO from receiving foreign funds under FCRA -Namrata Biji Ahuja In a major decision that is likely to have wide-ranging repercussions, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has cancelled the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), barring it from receiving foreign funds. PHFI is a public-private initiative that aims to strengthen training, research and policy development in public Health. The NGO was la

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Haemophilia kid shield cry

-The Telegraph New Delhi: A patients' advocacy organisation today urged the Union Health ministry to provide free prophylaxis transfusions to an estimated 12,000 to 13,000 children with haemophilia across the country to reduce their long-term risk of developing joint inflammation and damage. The Haemophilia Federation of India, in a petition submitted to the ministry, said many international haemophilia treatment guidelines recommend prophylax

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Delhi And Other Indian Cities Have Child Malnutrition Levels Akin To Sub-Saharan Africa -Rukmini S Bhopal, Patna and Lucknow are in particularly bad shape. Some of India's major cities have worse rates of child malnutrition than rural India, an analysis of data from the National Family Health Survey shows. The data shows that over a quarter of children under the age of five are stunted (low height for age) in all of India's major state capitals, except in Kochi and Hyderabad. Bhopal has higher rates of child stunting than the rural I

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Maharashtra's sex ratio at birth falls to 899 -Umesh Isalkar

-The Times of India PUNE: Maharashtra's sex ratio at birth dipped by eight points in 2016 as compared to the previous year, according to a report from the state Health department. The report says the ratio of newborn girls per 1,000 boys went down from 907 in 2015 to 899 in 2016. The report, which is based on the Civil Registration System under the Birth and Death Registration Act, notes that the sex ratio at birth in Pune district showed a pr

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