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Government bans Saridon, 327 other combination drugs

The health ministry has banned the manufacture, sale and distribution of 328 fixed dose combinations (FDCs) of drugs with immediate effect and restricted another six. This brings to an end a protracted legal battle between manufacturers of these combination drugs and the ministry, which has been working since 2016 to get these 'irrational' and "unsafe" drugs banned. Among the roughly 6,000 brands estimated to be affected by the ban are popular drugs like the painkiller Saridon, the skin cream Panderm, combination diabetes drug Gluconorm PG, antibiotic Lupidiclox and antibacterial Taxim AZ.

Ramprasad Reddy: The story of a clerk-turned-billionaire pharmacist

Aurobindo may not be Infosys and Penaka Venkata Ramprasad Reddy no Narayana Murthy, but just like the technology bellwether, the pharma company too has been a rollercoaster entrepreneurial journey. We don’t know if Ramprasad Reddy’s proudest moment was the invitation by then Secretary General Kofi Annan to speak at the United Nations in November 2006 – he is one of the few generic manufacturers to do so — or if it was last Thursday, when Aurobindo Pharma announced the biggest cross-border acquisition by any Indian pharmaceuticals company. Aurobindo has now leapfrogged to become the second-largest generics player in the US — easily the toughest market — in terms of share of prescriptions, ahead of homegrown rival Lupin and even global giant Mylan. It is closing in on Israel’s Teva, the largest generic drug manufacturer worldwide.

Do you buy medicines online? Know these risks

Anusha had returned to work following the birth of her first child. A working single parent, she had not stocked up on the essential products for her baby while on maternity leave. Shopping online was the best thing that she could think of at this crucial time. She ordered almost all the baby products on the internet and got them delivered home for a lesser price too. While online shopping proved to be helpful for Anusha, her friend Saarika did not have a very pleasant experience shopping at an online pharmacy. She was looking for a weight loss pill on the internet and was directed to a website located offshore. She was billed an exorbitant amount after entering her credit card details on the website. It came as an added shock to her when the weight loss pill turned out to be fake. While shopping on the internet in India has proved to be a boon for customers like Anusha, doctors have mixed opinion on buying medicines online. While there are benefits, one should not overlook the risks involved, they say.

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