Government working on steps to bring down knee surgery costs: PM Narendra Modi
In his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort here, he said that cheap medicines, being made available through 'Jan Aushadhi Kendras' have been a blessing for the poor. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Now, a website for blood banks; 117 banks listed
The West Bengal Government had initially selected five blood banks for the purpose. “At present details of all 117 blood banks are uploaded,“ Bhattacharyay said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supreme Court tells Singh Bros to maintain shares in Fortis
The court also issued notice to the companies, which are expected to submit a response before the next date of hearing likely in four weeks. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Implants in repeat knee surgeries can cost as much as Rs 9 lakh: Pricing Regulator
A revision knee surgery requires a completely different implant and instrument set, according to companies that manufacture knee implants. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Centre mulls waiving off clinical trials on humans for critical drugs
Though such waivers are still approved by the drug regulator on case to case basis, the ministry now plans to bring in legal provisions under the proposed rules. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trade margins on knee implants as much as 300%, says regulator
A total knee system can cost a patient as much as Rs 4.13 lakh and a minimum of Rs 59,091, while import prices ranged between Rs 23,408 and Rs 65,781, the regulator said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IGST a bitter pill for patients with rare disorders as medicines attract 5%-12%
While life-saving medicines imported for personal use would continue to be exempt from basic customs duty, they are not exempt from IGST. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Syngene plans to scale up for biologics
Syngene, an arm of Biocon, is expanding its capital investment as it waits to complete a 40-acre, $100-million research facility in Mangalore. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NPPA moves to prevent distributors from taking higher cuts on stents
Through this move, NPPA has plugged the gap for ‘manipulating’ trade margins in coronary stents, the regulator’s chairman stated on Twitter. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nalinikanth is President & CEO of GE Healthcare, Wipro GE Healthcare
He succeeds Milan Rao, who has decided to pursue opportunities outside of GE, and will be joining Wipro after four successful years with the company. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For Indian doctors, it's written in the genes not stars
MedGenome has seen the number of samples triple for genetic tests in of samples triple for genetic tests in the last one year. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

JP Morgan eyes SevenHills ’ control with $185m debt buy
JP Morgan is discussing debt mop-up from lenders led by Axis Bank so that it could push for strategic changes in business, and prepare it for an eventual sale. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bar expenditure by firms for referral fees to docs: CAG
The CAG has also recommended to CBDT to prescribe measurable parameters for assessment of charitable activities undertaken by private hospital trusts. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Follow notification on capping prices of stents: Health minister to hospitals
The government on February 13 slashed by up to 85 per cent the prices of life-saving coronary stents, tiny metal tubes inserted into the narrowed coronary arteries. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poor spend a fortune on even basic healthcare
An AIIMS study showed that most patients, whether from the lower or middle class, were concerned about their out-of-pocket expenditure, which is high even in public hospitals. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Niti Aayog's healthcare PPP needs clarity: Hospitals
Niti Aayog ’s proposal pushes for PPPs focussed on cancers, heart conditions and respiratory tract diseases in non-metros. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Over 2 million enrolled in India's quit tobacco programme in a year: WHO
Considering the high interest in quitting among tobacco users, govt launched a bilingual countrywide programme in Jan 2016, and a national toll-free quitline in May 2016. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Less than one doctor for 1000 population in India: Government to Lok Sabha
There were a total 10,22,859 allopathic doctors registered with the state medical councils or Medical Council of India as on March 31 this year. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Central Government Health Scheme beneficiaries aged 80 & above to get easy access to doctors
CGHS doctors will now enquire once a month about the wellbeing of patients over phone or visit their homes if they are located within 5 km of CGHS centre. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India, China, Pakistan among 10 nations accounting for 95% of HIV infections: UN report
In Asia and Pacific region, the majority of new infections are occurring in 10 countries led by India, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietmnam, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Creador acquires 22 per cent stake in Paras Healthcare for Rs 275 crore
According to persons close to the development, Creador has picked up approximately 22 per cent stake in Paras Healthcare. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why the debate on menstrual health in India needs to go beyond pad tax
India has one of the lowest levels of penetration of sanitary pad usage in the world. At 20%, India lags behind Thailand, Indonesia and China, all of which have over 50% usage. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence is changing the face of rural healthcare
For Indian healthcare, the game changer will be the combination of Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fortis promoters to reply to Daiichi Sankyo ’s contempt application
The court has not stopped the brothers from corporate transactions, provided they maintain the value of unpledged assets that could be considered to pay an arbitration award of over Rs 2,500 crore Daiichi won against them last year. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Israel keen on sharing advanced tech in healthcare with India
Since Aadhar number is linked to most of the health related treatments, it is generating huge data related to the treatments and Israel can provide expertise to handle it, said David Akov. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NCLT postpones decision on demerger of SRL from Fortis
Plans by Malvinder and Shivinder Singh to separate their diagnostics business from Fortis are not blocked at this point as the tribunal is yet to pass any orders. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Legal tussle to recover Rs 3,500 crore: Daiichi moves NCLT to block Fortis demerger
Daiichi fears the proposed demerger — approved by Fortis Healthcare’s board last year-—would make it difficult to recover an award it won against the Singhs at a Singapore court. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Columbia Asia to invest Rs 400 crore on 2 new hospitals in India
The chain currently has 11 multi-speciality hospitals in India with over 1,000 beds in cities such as Bengaluru, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Mysuru, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Patiala and Pune. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government eyes veggie alternative for gelatin capsule coating
Gelatin is manufactured from processed bones, skin and tissue of cattle, pigs and other animals. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

After stents, government mulls price cap for four more devices
Around four critical devices, apart from cardiac stents, which is already under price control, are likely to be brought under the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), sources said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fortis' diagnostic arm may be listed on bourses by August
The diagnostics segment has been a favourite among investors with the stellar listings of both Dr Lal PathLabs and Thyrocare. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IHH Healthcare pulls out of Fortis deal
IHH has pulled out of its exclusive negotiations with the Singh brothers to acquire a controlling interest in Fortis Healthcare and Fortis Malar. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Integrated Healthcare Holdings pulls out of Fortis deal
IHH has pulled out of its exclusive negotiations with the Singh brothers to acquire a controlling interest in Fortis Healthcare and Fortis Malar. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthcare cost may go up post GST: Apollo Hospitals
The GST Council has exempted healthcare from GST slated to be rolled out from July 1. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drones could save lives with rapid heart attack response
Test runs of drones in Sweden showed they can deliver a defibrillator to an out-of-hospital patient on average 16 minutes faster than a traditional emergency medical response vehicle. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Central nod for setting up of 100 AYUSH hospitals: Shripad Yesso Naik
The minister said during the last three years the Union government had approved posting of 4000 AYUSH doctors in primary health centres across the country. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India regulator wants medical devices added to price control list, document shows
NPPA Chairman Bhupendra Singh said the essential medicines list - comprised of more than 350 items, most of them drugs should include balloons, cardiac catheters, and covered as well as peripheral stents, "as soon as possible". (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

100 Uttar Pradesh government hospitals to provide e-services
Soon patients who want an appointment with a doctor in around 100 state-run hospitals in Uttar Pradesh will be able to do so using their mobile phones. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bharat Biotech ’s Chikungunya vaccine enters phase-1 clinical trials
In a statement, the company said “the placebo controlled study involving 60 healthy volunteers would test escalating doses of the vaccine in prime-boost regimen.” (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

42 per cent global child deaths due to diarrhoea in India, Nigeria
Lancet study finds that diarrhoea is the fourth leading cause of death for children and responsible for 8.6 per cent of all deaths of children aged under five. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sun Pharma recalls 13K bottles of chewable Cetirizine in US
The reason for the recall is "failed tablet/capsule specifications: out of specification results for increased tablet hardness", USFDA said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tobacco kills 7 million a year, wreaks environmental havoc: WHO
WHO said tougher measures were needed to rein in tobacco use, urging countries to ban smoking in the workplace and indoor public spaces. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India's first uterus transplant under cloud as ICMR says permission not sought
ICMR spokespersons told TOI that which conducted the procedure, Pune-based Galaxy Care Laproscopy Institute (GCLI), did not seek its permission for it. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India's result in nutrition will improve soon: UN expert
UN assistant secretary-general Gerda Verburg, on her maiden visit to India, said she was highly "impressed" by the country's pace and "inclusive working" method. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Agappe Diagnostics ties up with Hitachi Chemical Company
The instrument enables early detection of kidney malfunctioning, cardiac problems and osteoporosis. It can also support detection of prostate cancer and TB. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Havas Group acquires healthcare agency Sorento
Sorento will partner with 'Havas Health and You' business unit and be rebranded Havas Life Sorento, the agency said in a statement. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coming soon: Clinical trials transparency
This assumes significance as almost half of clinical trials go unreported currently, and the move will enhance access to crucial data for medical research. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Private hospitals 'fleecing' patients for cardiac stents: CIC
It is alleged that private hospitals empanelled with the ESIC are overcharging patients by almost 2.5 times for stent implants and other cardiac procedures. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Corporate healthcare revenue to grow 15% this fiscal: Report
We expect stable outlook on the corporate healthcare sector for FY 2017-18, based on the expectation of continued stable revenue growth, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) said (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jubilant gets USFDA nod for generic hypertension drug
The company's product is a generic version of Daiichi Sankyo's Azor which is used for the treatment of hypertension. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news