Demonization of Doctors: #jesuisasur

The Durga Puja is not just a religious ceremony for Bengalis. To them, it is a cultural extravaganza, a carnival, and a riot of happiness that knows no caste, creed, color, religion or political affiliations. So, naturally, this has become an extremely lucrative opportunity to be exploited for economic gains by multiple stakeholders. The norm … Continue reading Demonization of Doctors: #jesuisasur

Data Sharing Policy in India

The National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP) of 2012 provides basic guidelines which need to be further reinforced if India has to enter into an era of truly shared and open data.

AMR in the USA: Maryland to Ban Routine Antibiotic Use in Animals

Following in the footsteps of California, Maryland has proposed, and passed, the "Keep Antibiotics Effective Act of 2017", which bans routine antibiotic use in animals. This is a vital legislative measure to ameliorate the shocking statistics on antibiotic use which was first brought to the limelight by a 2011 report from the FDA, which stated … Continue reading AMR in the USA: Maryland to Ban Routine Antibiotic Use in Animals

Partners in Health Expresses Apprehensions over Foreign Aid Cuts

In the wake of President Trump's proposed budget cuts in the NIH and foreign aid, the Chief Medical Officer of Partners in Health, a non-profit co-founded by Dr. Paul Farmer, writes in to express how vital these funds are for global as well as local well being.

Anthelminthic Drug Donation in the Epoch of Drug Resistance

The Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance has published an interesting review article discussing the impact of scale up of drug donations to control neglected helminthiasis in the developing countries through aid-assisted preventive chemotherapy of vulnerable populations. The highlights of the article include: Scale-up in drug donations for control of Neglected Tropical Diseases subject to Preventive … Continue reading Anthelminthic Drug Donation in the Epoch of Drug Resistance