DCGI approves anti-COVID drug developed by DRDO for emergency use

An anti-COVID-19 therapeutic application of the drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) has been developed by Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), a lab of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in collaboration with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL), Hyderabad. Clinical trial results have shown that this molecule helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces supplemental oxygen dependence.

Use of Dexamethasone in Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

On 2 September 2020, WHO issued an interim guideline on the use of dexamethasone and other corticosteroids for the treatment of COVID-19. The guidelines were developed by a panel of WHO and international experts and investigators and is based on evidence collected from seven clinical trials.

Dictionary of Influenza illness

An influenza pandemic is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus. Pandemics happen when new (novel) influenza A viruses emerge which are able to infect people easily and spread from person to person in an efficient and sustained way. In the spring of 2009, a novel influenza A (H1N1) virus emerged. It was detected first in the United States and spread quickly across the United States and the world. This new H1N1 virus contained a unique combination of influenza genes not previously identified in animals or people.  It should be noted that influenza virus testing is not required to make a clinical diagnosis of influenza in outpatients with suspected influenza, particularly during increased influenza activity when seasonal influenza A and B viruses are circulating in the local community. 

Ayurvedic Coronil Drug is effective in Covid 19 management-study published in Phytomedicine

SARS-CoV-2 already has a different mutation in circulation and several others have been predicted based on evolutionary benefits (Korber et al., 2020; Padhi and Tripathi, 2020). The kind of epidemiological demands that might arise in case a community transmission of a milder viral strain is swiftly followed by the appearance of a virulent one can be quite challenging.

COVID-19 Vaccine effectiveness and hesitancy study in Healthcare Workers of Max Group of Hospitals

We have designed this study to evaluate COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness by antibody testing and evaluate vaccine hesitancy rate, among the healthcare workers of Max Group of Hospitals. We would do antibody testing at day 0 (vaccination day or pre-vaccination) followed by 7, 14, 28, 45, 90th day of vaccination. This study would involve a brief questionnaire asking about the health status of the participants related to COVID-19 and side-effects post-vaccination.

WHO Emergency Use Listing Procedure

The WHO Emergency Use Listing Procedure (EUL) is a risk-based procedure for assessing and listing unlicensed vaccines, therapeutics and in vitro diagnostics with the ultimate aim of expediting the availability of these products to people affected by a public health emergency. This will assist interested UN procurement agencies and Member States in determining the acceptability of using specific products, based on an essential set of available quality, safety, and efficacy and performance data.

Origins of SARS-CoV-2 virus-WHO report denied Wuhan laboratory origin of the pandemic

The international team recognized the impact of the epidemic on Wuhan, from affected individuals and communities to government officials, scientists and health workers. The team commended the engagement of all the professionals who had spent long hours analysing very large quantities of data to support its work. In conclusion, the team called for a continued scientific and collaborative approach to be taken towards tracing the origins of COVID-19.

Procedure for Issue of Retail and Wholesale Drug License in West Bengal

Directorate of Drugs Control under The Department of Health & Family Welfare (DoHFW), Government of West Bengal is responsible for effective implementation of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and rules formed thereunder, Drug Price Control Order, 2013, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisement) act, 1954.