Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
17th March 2019

ICMR-Pfizer Collaboration: A Conflict of Interest?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Does the CSR activity of the pharma giant Pfizer which is independent of its commercial interests and where a grant of Rs 7 crore was given to ICMR to set up a disease centre compromise the collaboration?

Recently, there was a lot of furore over news that the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) was collaborating with Pfizer, a drug multinational company that sells antibiotics, for its Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) project. There were charges of conflict of interest (CoI) in this "public-private partnership" (PPP) as Pfizer had provided an initial grant of Rs 7 crore to set up a centre in Delhi to combat anti-microbial resistance and to enhance the surveillance programme for this malaise.

As per officials of the ICMR, Pfizer offered its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds to it and there were no strings attached and no CoI....read more

Most acute liver failure are caused by drugs

Drug-induced liver injury or DILI is the leading reason for a drug that is approved by the Drug Administration to subsequently be withdrawn from the market.

DILI can result from both prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) agents, including some herbal and dietary supplements. It is both difficult to predict and challenging to recognize....read more

Medical Voice

1. Overweight and heart burn: Being overweight or obese increases the odds of having GERD and experiencing heartburn.

2. Eating larger meals distends the stomach, pushes the contents up toward the esophagus and loosens the LES.

3. NIH: Light physical activity such as gardening, strolling through a park,... read more

Practice Updates

Only 9% Indian kids get proper nutrition: NITI Aayog

New Delhi: NITI Aayog Adviser Alok Kumar on Wednesday said only 9% of children in the age group 6 to 24 months receive adequate nutrition in India. "One-third of the children in India are growing up stunted and tackling malnutrition is a key challenge for India..... read more

Updated recommendations to prevent drowning in children

Drowning can be silent and quick, and it kills nearly 1,000 children every year. To refocus the attention of parents and physicians on one of the leading causes of death among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics published updated recommendations on water safety in the journal Pediatrics,... read more

Groundwater Awareness Week in the US

This week (March 10-16) was the National Groundwater Awareness Week in the United States, which ended yesterday. Observed annually, the week highlights the importance of groundwater is to people’s health and the environment.... read more

More than 12,000 cases of Pillsbury flour recalled over salmonella concerns in US

Hometown Food Company issued a voluntary recall for select Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour products, amid concerns they may be contaminated with salmonella, the US Department of Agriculture said..... read more

FDA allows marketing of ClearMate to help treat carbon monoxide poisoning

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed marketing of a new device, ClearMate, intended to be used in an emergency room setting to help treat patients suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.... read more

Osteoporosis missed in older patients despite 'red flag' of spinal fracture

Older patients who went to the emergency room (ER) for acute back pain from a nontraumatic vertebral compression fracture were rarely screened or treated for osteoporosis at a single center that did not have a fracture liaison service.... read more

GAPIO Midyear Conference at Antigua
4th and 5th May 2019
in collaboration with American University of Antigua (AUA)
Antigua Medical Association (AMA)
eMedi Humor
Medicolegal Corner
eMedi Quiz
1. Vaginal bleeding is a warning sign for possible endometrial cancer or pathology in postmenopausal women on tamoxifen.
2. Fluoxetine is the "selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI)" of choice for the management of hot flushes in women taking tamoxifen.
3. Estrogen replacement therapy is contraindicated in women with ER/PR positive breast cancer for managing hot flushes and bone loss.
4. Gabapentin is an active agent for the management of tamoxifen related hot flushes.
Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: Always Remember Those Who Serve
Inspirational Story 2: Get What You Give
Control blood sugar to prevent kidney disease and other complications
GFR below 10 indicates kidney failure
New Delhi, 16 March 2019: There are about 72 million people with diabetes in India and these numbers are expected to increase to 134 million in the next few years. Nearly a third of people with diabetes develop kidney complications after 15 to 20 years. It is the most common cause of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure in the world. Uncontrolled diabetes can hamper many organs and the kidney is one of the most seriously affected.

Chronic kidney disease or CKD is characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function over time and may eventually lead to kidney failure, causing patients to undergo dialysis or a kidney transplant.

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