The widespread practice of payments for prescriptions, where pharmaceutical companies pay doctors in cash or kind, to generate prescriptions and increase sales, continues unabated, as the government drags its feet to bring in a stringent regulation.A study co-authored by Dr Arun Gadra and Dr Archana Diwate, titled 'Promotional Practices of the Pharmaceutical Industry and Implementation Status of Related Regulatory Codes in India', documents unethical practices and failure of regulations while also offering suggestions to improve the exiting regulatory framework.The study is based on 50 in-depth interviews conducted across six cities, primarily involving medical representatives who are the front-line key persons on the field promoting drugs to doctors.Close It highlights direct deals between pharma companies and doctors, citing some cases, for instance, where pharma companies pay installments on a doctor's car purchase. There were extreme cases, where a few doctors even … [Read more...] about Pharma wrap: Why we need to give teeth to regulation to curb unethical pharma marketing practices
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Viswanath PillaMoneycontrol News Habil Khorakiwala, chairman of Wockhardt on Thursday welcomed the Union Budget 2018 and its emphasis on healthcare spending.Khorakiwala who heads the Rs 4,000-crore turnover Mumbai-based company which is into pharmaceutical and hospitals, however, expressed apprehension over the government's track record of implementation.Close In an exclusive telephonic interview to Moneycontrol, Khorakiwala gave 6.5 points out of 10 to the Budget, said chronic shortage of medicines, lack of infrastructure and skilled manpower could pose challenge in rolling out the ambitious National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) that aims to provide Rs 5 lakh health insurance to 10 crore poor families. related news 373 infra projects show cost overruns of Rs 3.89 lakh cr Zomato looks to become profitable by end-2020 Five of top-10 most valued firms add Rs 56,877 cr in m-cap Below are edited excerpts of the interviewWhat is your overall view on the … [Read more...] about Habil Khorakiwala welcomes govt health proposals, but cautions against brouhaha
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on December 8, said bringing laws to curb atrocities against women was not the only solution as "political will" and "administrative skills" were required to end the social evil.Referring to recent incidents in Unnao and Hyderabad, Naidu said, "In Indian culture, we treat a woman as a mother, a sister. But what has happened in recent days in certain parts is really shameful and a challenge for all of us. We must vow to ensure this sort of discrimination, these atrocities are stopped immediately."A 23-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district was set afire by five men, including two of her alleged rapists, on Thursday morning when she was going to Rae Bareli to attend a court hearing. She succumbed to burn injuries on Friday night.Close The incident came days after the gang-rape and murder of a young veterinary doctor in Hyderabad that sparked national outrage. related news Jammu-Srinagar national highway closed for repair work … [Read more...] about New laws not the only solution to curb crime against women: VP Naidu
The rape survivor from Unnao, who was airlifted to Delhi and admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital here, is extremely critical and on ventilator, doctors attending to her said on December 6."The condition of the patient is extremely critical and she is on ventilator. Even her vitals are very low," said Dr Shalab Kumar, Head of Burn and Plastic Surgery at the hospital.The Delhi Traffic Police on December 5 provided a "green corridor" for hindrance-free movement of the ambulance carrying her from the airport to the hospital.Close "We have set up a dedicated ICU room for the patient. A team of doctors are consistently monitoring her health condition," Dr Sunil Gupta, Medical Superintendent at Safdarjung Hospital, said. related news Rahul Gandhi must return as Cong chief soon: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel PM greets people of member countries on SAARC charter day UK PM Johnson visits Hindu temple, vows to partner with PM Modi to build new India The rape survivor … [Read more...] about Unnao rape case: Day after being set afire, rape survivor critical and on ventilator
In clinics around the world, a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning is starting to supplement or replace humans in common tasks such as analyzing medical images. Already, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, “every one of the 50,000 screening mammograms we do every year is processed through our deep learning model, and that information is provided to the radiologist,” says Constance Lehman, chief of the hospital’s breast imaging division. advertisement advertisement In deep learning, a subset of a type of artificial intelligence called machine learning, computer models essentially teach themselves to make predictions from large sets of data. The raw power of the technology has improved dramatically in recent years, and it’s now used in everything from medical diagnostics to online shopping to autonomous vehicles. But deep learning tools also raise worrying questions because they solve problems in ways that humans can’t … [Read more...] about Machine learning could transform medicine. Should we let it?