The rapid industrialization and use of fossil fuel in power generation and transport sector has been noticed for very high emission of CO2 and other Green House Gases (GHG) into atmosphere causing the Global warming and consequent change in Global climate.
As a step towards protecting industry from faulty medical devices and reliance on international certifications, Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) has signed an MoU with the Quality Council of India (QCI) to promote Indian Certification for Medical Devices (ICMED) Scheme in India.
OptiMaser, a mobile microwave medical waste disinfection system manufactured by S.S. Medical Systems (I) Pvt Ltd has requested the intervention of Union government expressing its concern over the process being followed to establish Government eMarketplace (GeM) an online " Govt. E Marketplace " for government procurement of common use Goods & Services required by various Government Departments / Organizations / PSUs by writing letters to Union Health Ministry and Ministry of Commerce and industry.
Subsequent to directive to the state drug controllers for auditing hospitals on price capping exercise of cardiac stents post February 14, 2017 notification, drug pricing regulator National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is in the process of fast-tracking 300 cases of cardiac stents overcharging in hospitals based on anomalies in medical bills.
In order to usher in good pharmacovigilance practices in the country towards drug safety, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) and Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI) will soon come out with a set of exhaustive guidelines on par with the existing global guidelines.
The Union health ministry is close to giving final touches on framing a policy on the use of information technology in online pharmacy by launching a centralised portal to help make use of technology for making medicines available in a regulated and feasible manner.
In a landmark judgment, the Delhi High Court (HC) dismissed Bayer Corporation's Writ Petition to sanction the patent linkage system in India through a court direction.
Biosimilars are copy versions of already approved originator biologics that are marketed after patent expiry for the originator product. As the safety and efficacy of the innovator product is already established, copy versions are allowed to be developed and evaluated using an abbreviated pathway established on biosimilarity principles.
Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions; literary and artistic works; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. Intellectual property is divided into two categories i.e. Industrial Property which includes patents, trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications and Copyright.
Enactment of the new Medical Device Rules, 2017, will create a separate medical device authority and give a clear definition on medical devices, while dealing with the other major areas of legislation.The Union health ministry has notified the Medical Devices Rules, 2017 earlier this year which will come into force from January 1, 2018.The new legislation that is widening the scope of regulation, according to industry experts, will also bring about right differentiation between drugs and medical devices and hence pave the way forward for not only innovation but also price competitiveness, affordability and indigenization in the healthcare sector.These rules will be applicable to substances used in vitro diagnosis and surgical dressings, surgical bandages, surgical staples, surgical sutures, ligatures, blood…

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