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Experts stress on predictable regulatory environment to create global trust in India as a stable clinical trial market

Experts in the clinical trial arena are of the view that there is an urgent need for a predictable regulatory environment in the country to create global trust in India as a stable clinical trial market. But, they rued that developments in the last few years have dented the confidence of sponsors in doing clinical research in India.

India is on a slow recovery period and there is a need to ensure that it continues the growth trajectory.

"Various factors, including reports of alleged irregularities in clinical trials have also led to a lot of misinformation and negative perceptions of clinical trials in India. Besides this, some of the clauses of The Draft Clinical Trial Rules 2018 around compensation are regressive and, if implemented, could force sponsors  both domestic and foreign to reconsider doing clinical trials in India,"explains Naz Haji, Managing Director, IQVIA India.

Formed through the merger of IMS Health and Quintiles, IQVIA is a leading global provider of informat…
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Bangalore scientists develop new TB drug regimen with better outcomes, lower toxicity

Tuberculosis causes 250,000 deaths in India each year

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IIS) have discovered a new drug combination that promises better outcome in treating Tuberculosis (TB), which causes 250,000 deaths in India each year.
Animal studies on mice shows that the drug Pranlukast (PRK) not only killed tuberculosis bacteriumbut also compromised its survival strategies within the cells, said the research, published in the February issue of online journal, EMBO Molecular Medicine.
"The problem with TB is the bacterium keeps developing resistance against new drugs and at least 15 drugs have been abandoned so far, either due to resistance against the drug or severe toxicity," says Dr Avdhesha Suroli, lead researcher of the project.
"Our research has proved this combination could work better and be an effective addition to the TB drug pipeline that needs to be reinvented frequently. We need the government or pharma companies to come forward and conduct …

A Drug to Tackle Chikungunya Virus May Soon Be a Reality, Thanks to IIT Roorkie!

The researchers at IIT Roorkie are conducting in-depth research on the drug piperazine, and have discovered its anti-viral properties could be used to tackle the disease.

While the WHO report on Chigunya shows that over the years there has been no specific antiviral drug treatment for chikungunya or no commercial chikungunya vaccine, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Roorkee are on a mission to develop a cure.

In the absence of a vaccine or antiviral drug available in the market, the course of treatment currently revolves around alleviating symptoms associated with the viral infection.

Their research has shown that the spread and replication of the Chikungunya virus can be efficiently curbed in a lab setting with the existing drug piperazine. The focus is now on testing the molecule on animals so they can take it one step forward to clinical trials.
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India becoming next global leader in diagnostic solutions

India is a land full of opportunities for players in the medical devices industry. The country has also become one of the leading destinations for high-end diagnostic services with tremendous capital investment for advanced diagnostic facilities, thus catering to a greater proportion of population, writes Dr P Siva Kumar, CEO, Trivitron Healthcare, in this insightful article on the Indian healthcare industry.
Healthcare has become one of India's largest sectors – both in terms of revenue and employment. Healthcare comprises hospitals, medical devices, clinical trials, outsourcing, telemedicine, medical tourism, health insurance and medical equipment. The Indian healthcare sector is growing at a brisk pace due to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well private players.

India's competitive advantage lies in its large pool of well-trained medical professionals apart from being cost competitive compared to its peers in Asia and Western count…

Anti-inflammatory drug may cut lung cancer risk, Indian doctors positive

With researchers finding in a trial involving 10,000 adults that an existing anti-inflammatory drug has the potential to lower lung cancer risk, doctors in India have expressed hope for better tackling of the critical disease.
According to a study published in the journal Lancet, death from cancer was reduced by half in a group of people who received the highest dosage of the drug known as Canakinumab and also led to 67 per cent reduction in lung cancer incidence.
Canakinumab was found to lower inflammation, without affecting cholesterol level — which was the widely used approach for many years. It was also found effective against heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death.
"As a rule, anti-inflammatory drugs have a role in prevention of cancer. With the rise in pollution levels across the country, there will be added burden on the lungs of those who may be suffering for lung cancer," Dinesh Katiyar, Senior Consultant (Surgical Oncologist) at Venkateshwar Hospital here, told…

A ray of hope for arthritis

Thanks to ancient science Ayurveda which came up with a unique wonder drug under the name of S.Compound.
Work on herb was started in the year 1974 and ultimately it was confirmed that the herb has great potential in inflammatory conditions. However, its role on arthritis was explored because it was the most neglected disease by the scientists and Medical fraternity. The available pain killers were causing huge harm to our body systems and some of the available pain killers were even banned in Europe. The herbal medicine S.Compound was compared with Phenylbutazone by the scientists of Central Drug Research Institute Lucknow in the year 1983 and was found better in efficacy
Controlled Clinical trials were carried out on human beings suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis; Is not only its efficacy was confirmed but it was also found safe in long duration. The research work was published in Eastern Pharmacist which was reported by country's premier News Agency United News of India on 21.06…

Study shows probiotics can prevent sepsis in infants

A research team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health has determined that a special mixture of good bacteria in the body reduced the incidence of sepsis in infants in India by 40 percent at a cost of only $1 per infant. The findings are reported in the Aug. 16 issue of the journal Nature.

Pinaki Panigrahi, M.D., Ph.D., professor, epidemiology and pediatrics, Center for Global Health and Development, and his colleagues in the College of Public Health, led the international research team. The results reflect a culmination of 15 years of research and could seriously impact infant health worldwide. The special mixture included a probiotic called Lactobacillus plantarum ATCC-202195 combined with fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS), an oral synbiotic preparation developed by Dr. Panigrahi.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. Synbiotics are combinations of probiotics with an FOS supplement that promote…