Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
18th March 2019

 Licences required for a lab collection center

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Evidence-based medicine has become the norm today. Laboratory tests are now integral to clinical practice as they are greatly relied upon in the diagnosis of a condition, its treatment and follow up. There is a huge footfall of patients in hospitals every day and almost all of them are prescribed laboratory investigations at some point of time or the other in the course of their treatment. 

Catering to such a large number of patients is a formidable task for a lab, where there is no scope of mistakes. A mix up of specimens in the lab can lead to a serious error.

Many laboratories, especially in the private sector, have established specimen collection centers, where the patient can walk-in and give his/her sample...read more


Medical devices industry should comply with labeling requirement

The ministry of consumer affair and ministry of finance should ensure compliance of the rules related to labeling requirement in cases of medical devices. The government should also implement printing of maximum retail price on each unit pack of medical devices at the time of import by deputing a port officer for checking each shipment of medical devices. This is already followed by DCGI for the pharmaceuticals whereby the port officer/ADC Port issues the clearance for each shipment of pharmaceutical products to the Customs Officer as per the Drugs & Cosmetics (D&C) Act.  

Department of Consumer Affairs through a notification dated June 23, 2017 had made it mandatory for all medical devices including those notified as drugs to have MRP...read more

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New Delhi, 17 March 2019: A mosquito-killing drug tested in Burkina Faso reduced malaria cases by a fifth among children and could be an important new tool in the global fight against the disease, as per researchers. The drug, ivermectin, is already widely used to treat parasitic infections but had not previously been tested for its effects on malaria incidence, according to a study published in British medical journal The Lancet.

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