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Sunday, 29 May 2022 | Pioneer

OTC Sale of 16 drugs proposed

The Government, for the first time, has proposed to introduce over-the-counter (OTC) drugs through an amendment in the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules and allow their sale in the retail market without doctors’ prescription. Around 16 drugs, which include common antipyretic medicine such as paracetamol 500 mg, some laxatives, nasal decongestants and topical antifungal creams have been proposed to be included in the OTC drug category.

‘Epilepsy & hearing loss, early sign of Parkinson’s disease’

According to a study published in JAMA Neurology, epilepsy and hearing loss have been found to be two early signs of Parkinson's disease. Lead study author Cristina Simonet, MD stated, "It's important that primary care practitioners are aware of these links and understand how early the symptoms of Parkinson's can appear, so that patients can get a timely diagnosis."

Delhi Hosp’s ‘Cross-Subsidy Model’ lauded

Delhi-based Sir Ganga Ram Hospital’s Cross-Subsidy model--where rich patients pay for poor—got appreciation from Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health who said that such a system should be replicated by other hospitals too. She was speaking at an event of the 66th batch of nursing students from School of Nursing, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital recently. “Our nurses are in huge demand all over the world due to their humility, passion and giving best care to the patients. They are the backbone of our healthcare industry. We are proud of them," she added.

WHO helps Rajasthan to create health account

Rajasthan has become the first State in the country to  institutionalise health accounts which will help in estimating the amount spent on the health sector and its impact. The data or facts available from these accounts would be used in future for policy making, and technical and financial assistance will be provided by the WHO to create health accounts, as per a statement here.


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