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20th December, 2017
Straight from the Heart: Will the powers-that-be sit up and take notice?

The Union Cabinet recently rendered another blow to the medical profession with the approval of the draft National Medical Commission Bill, 2017. The NMC will "cripple" the democratic functioning of the medical profession by making it completely answerable to the bureaucracy.

It is time that the powers-that-be took urgent notice of this crisis and acted accordingly. The medical profession is currently facing the darkest hour. Not only are patients slowly losing faith in doctors and the profession as such, but are also becoming violent against doctors with the slightest provocation. This bill is only an addition to these existing woes and will exacerbate the situation for the medical fraternity and the students of medicine.

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NPPA fixes prices of 65 scheduled formulations

NPPA has fixed/revised ceiling prices/Retail Prices of 65 scheduled formulations under Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013 in related Notification /order dated 18.12.2017. The list includes antibiotics and drugs used for the treatment of hypertension, diabetes, pain among others.... read more


PAHO/WHO launches Regional movement for universal health

A regional movement for universal health has been launched by representativ es of government, academia, civil society and experts from some thirty countries and territories of the Americas to identify obstacles and generate alliances to help countries reach the goal of health for all by 2030, without leaving anyone behind.... read more

Practice Updates
Abuse in childhood increases risk of future heart disease

Children and teens who are abused, witness violence, are bullied or face other adversities are more likely to develop heart and blood vessel diseases as adults, according to a new scientific statement by the American Heart Association published December 18, 2017 in the journal Circulation....read more


Bortezomib fails in cases of late antibody-mediated kidney transplant rejection

In a trial of kidney transplant recipients with late antibody-mediated rejection, treatment with bortezomib failed to improve the function of transplanted kidneys and prevent immunologic tissue injury, says a study published online December 14, 2017 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology...read more


US FDA approves tofacitinib for active psoriatic arthritis

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved tofacitinib for treatment of adults with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) who have failed to respond adequately or are intolerant to methotrexate or other disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)......read more


ACAAI guidelines say no special precautions needed for flu shots for people with egg allergy

In an update to its guidelines on administration of influenza vaccines to egg allergic recipients, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) has said that no special precautions are required or recommended for those with egg allergy ...read more


EMA grants marketing authorization to Alkindi for treatment of primary adrenal insufficiency

The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended granting a paediatric-use marketing authorisation for Alkindi (hydrocortisone) for the treatment of primary adrenal insufficiency, a rare hormonal disorder, in infants, children and adolescents....read more


High uric acid levels predict progression of prehypertension to hypertension

Increased serum uric acid is a strong risk marker for developing hypertension from prehypertension, says a 5-Year Japanese Cohort Study published December 4, 2017 in the journal Hypertension...read more

 
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Only 27% Indians are covered by health insurance
Urgent need to widen access to quality healthcare and insurance
 
New Delhi, 19 December 2017: As per a recent report, only 27% of Indians have health insurance coverage. The Indian healthcare sector is largely under penetrated with government expenditure constituting approximately 1.4% of the country’s GDP. The private sector expenditure constitutes 70% of the total healthcare expenditure. Of this, about 62% is out of pocket and only 8% is covered through pre-financed instruments.
 
There is a significant gap in the coverage offered by current products and the need for a comprehensive ecosystem of financed healthcare. Healthcare costs are increasing by the day primarily due to lifestyle diseases. The only way to bridge the gap between rising healthcare costs and affordability is through developing a sustainable and viable mechanism in the insurance sector.
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