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7th February 2016
Govt withdraws customs exemption on 74 drugs
As many as 74 drugs, including life saving ones used for treating cancer and HIV, will see sharp rise in prices as the government has withdrawn customs duty exemption on their imports. The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) last week issued a notification withdrawing exemption of levy of basic customs duty on as many as 74 drugs.
The medicines on which customs duty will now be imposed include the ones used for treating kidney stones, cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy, life-threatening heart rhythm disorders, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, bone diseases, antibiotic to treat infections.
Besides, drugs used for bacterial infections, leukemia, anesthetic medication, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis B virus cells, allergies, arthritis, lupus and ulcerative colitis might also see spurt in prices. Also drugs used in blood dilating medicine or for treating menopause, glaucoma, anogenital warts, poisoning by a chemical or pesticide, growth failure in children and adults who lack natural growth hormone would also attract customs duty.
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Welcome to Agra, the city of Taj
Dear Friends
It gives us immense pleasure to welcome you to CRITICARE 2016, a joint meeting of the 22nd annual Conference of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine and International Sepsis Forum. The venue of the conference, Jay Pee Palace Hotel & Convention Centre, is a glorious structural blend of red stone and marble spread over 25 acres elegantly landscaped luxuriant greenery.
Continuing with the history of ISCCM, a galaxy of international and national faculties will share their knowledge and expertise in the field of critical care in this conference. Reputed international organizations like ISF from the United States and critical care societies from world over are participating in the conference.
This is a great opportunity to see the grandeur and beauty of the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a great gift of love to the world by our country. The city is situated in the western part of Uttar Pradesh and is very important education and economical hub of India.
Once again we extend a cordial welcome to you all and look forward to your active participation in CRITICARE 2016 in one of the most beautiful tourist city of India.
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Sex test on fetus could be made mandatory: IMA supports Smt. Maneka Gandhi’s viewpoint
New Delhi: Recent statements by Smt Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Minister, indicate that a 20-year-old ban on fetal sex determination may be lifted. She referred to a point of view put forth by stakeholders before the Ministry that if each pregnancy could be registered and the sex of the fetus could be made known to the parents and if the same happens to be a female, the delivery should be tracked and recorded. 
However, there is no formal proposal being considered by the Ministry on this issue at this stage. This is a suggestion that needs to be debated. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) supports this viewpoint. 
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 IMA Polio Dates
  • April 1st: tOPV would not be available after this date.
  • April 11th: bOPV would be available in private market but it is not to be opened or used before 25th April.
  • April 25: IMA Polio Switch Day, when tOPV would be completely withdrawn and replaced by bOPV in both routine immunization and polio campaigns.
  • 9th May: IMA National Validation Day when India would be declared free of tOPV. 

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