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Lupin gets USFDA nod for generic product

Drug firm Lupin on Saturday said it has received approval from the US health regulator to market Sevelamer Carbonate for Oral Suspension, used in the control of serum phosphorus with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on dialysis.


The company has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) Sevelamer Carbonate for Oral Suspension in the American market, Lupin said in a statement.

This product will be manufactured at the company’s Goa facility, it added.

As per IQVIA MAT September 2021 data, Sevelamer Carbonate for Oral Suspension had estimated annual sales of USD 51.7 million in the US.

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CITTA Baby Products Marry the Gift Of Ancient Wisdom With Modernity


Pune : Inspired by the traditions and knowledge of childcare passed down by grandmothers to mothers, the #Dadi Nani Ke Nuskhe is what CITTA’s range of baby care products pride in. Powered by the prestigious Lexicon Group of Institutions (Pune), this home grown brand brings to millennial parents specially curated baby products for the age groups of 0-5 years. Working on the principle of ‘Tradition backed by Science’ all CITTA products are a culmination of painstaking research into rituals, customers and best practices in baby rearing and caring. Therefore, each one has been designed with thought and age-old wisdom married with state-of-the-art technology and natural Indian ingredients.


Keeping in mind the tender and fragile skin of babies and toddlers, CITTA’s formulations are Safe and Tested that work well for the fast-paced demanding self-sustained life of millennial couples today. That is why, they are developed using natural ingredients and are guaranteed free of parabens, sulphates, silicones, mineral Oil and allergens. Keeping the motto of transparency as a way to serve each parent, CITTA mentions each ingredient clearly on its packaging.

Whether it is the various natural oils, or the oat silk, or the multiple extracts, each one of them has been combined withprecision in a controlled environment and have received all the safety approvals.

Ranging from hair and body cleansers to massage and oiling products for babies CITTA has introduced 11 SKUs that are dermatologist approved, plumed with skin friendly pH, usingGood Manufacturing Practices (GMP) that are cruelty free.This is one reason that the CITTA range of baby-friendly products are already being appreciated by parents from all strata of society.


The bestsellers Baby Balm aka (body butter) for example is loaded with the goodness of Shea butter, that fights drynessand provides deep nourishment to a baby’s skin. It is a soft and supple anti-microbial formula that guarantees longer lasting moisturization due to its unique blend of 7 nourishing oils that provides nourishment, protection and replenishmentand the love of natural antioxidants. The Talc Free Baby powder is an incredible combination of oat silk and corn starch that prevents rashes and itchiness with a supreme absorption capacity and allows its skin-friendly pH properties to help your baby’s skin stay fresh throughout the day.

Similarly, the specially formulized Baby oil is an amazing amalgamation of 12 nourishing oils.  Because of this, natural nourishment to skin is guaranteed with long lasting effect, protecting a baby’s tender skin. Non allergic, non-sticky, a fragrance-free formula, the Nourishing Baby Oil is anti-microbial Anti-inflammatory. Other products include CittaTender Foaming Baby Wash, Moisturizing Baby Balm, Soothing Talc Free Baby Powder, Nourishing Baby Massage Oil, Gentle Foaming Baby Shampoo No Tears, to name a few.

Apart from e-retail platforms, the products are now available in 130 and more top medical stores across Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad.

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Thailand launches ASEAN’s First 5G Smart Hospital


[Thailand, Bangkok]

Thailand Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Siriraj Hospital, and Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. on Thursday jointly launched the “Siriraj World Class 5G Smart Hospital.”

Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, presided over the inauguration ceremony alongside Mr. Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa, MD, Dean of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University, Colonel Natee Sukonrat, Ph.D, Vice-Chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Mr. Han Zhiqiang, Ambassador of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Thailand, Mr. Abel Deng, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Thailand, as well as Assoc. Prof. Visit Vamvanij, MD, Director of Siriraj Hospital, Assoc. Prof. Cherdchai Nopmaneejumruslers, Vice Director of Siriraj Hospital.

The Joint Launch Ceremony of Siriraj 5G Smart Hospital

This project remarks the first and largest 5G smart hospital project in Thailand and the ASEAN region. It aims to bring more efficient and convenient experience to patients by introducing technologies such as 5G, cloud, and artificial intelligence, and promote Siriraj Hospital to become a model for smart hospitals in Thailand and the world. At the same time, Siriraj Hospital and Huawei will establish a Joint Innovation Lab to incubate innovative 5G applications. Currently, the two parties have started piloting 5G portable medical boxes, 5G unmanned vehicle, 5G medical carts, and 5G smart hospital beds. It is expected that 30 5G medical applications will be incubated and promoted nationwide in 2022.

General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister, addressed the national policy on 5G technology and digital economy, stating, “The Thai government understands the importance of technology, successfully drafting a plan for Digital Thailand, and today is an important first step in the utilization of digital technologies and 5G in the medical field. This will help reduce processes for medical personnel, decrease overall risk, and will improve the effectiveness and efficacy of healthcare for patients. We will use Siriraj 5G Smart Hospital as a pilot project with the aim of expanding to other hospitals in the future. We admire Siriraj Hospital and Mahidol University, and would like to thank Huawei, NBTC, private organizations, and all other partners involved in this project. We hope the project will act as a blueprint for all Smart Hospitals in Thailand going forward.”

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Visits 5G Smart Hospital Exhibitions

Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa, MD, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University, shared the background and development of implementing Siriraj’s Smart Hospital Project with 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) to build a model for “Smart Hospitals” in collaboration with its partners – introducing 5G, Cloud, AI, and Digital Disruption technologies for application in prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation to enhance the quality and productivity of medical services, bring about good experiences while using its services, provide people in remote areas with better opportunities to access advanced tertiary health care services, as well as minimize the disparity and serve as a model for new generations of medical services to the global public health industry.  In addition, an Innovation Lab and other innovative platforms were also established to cultivate innovation projects in the future.

Colonel Natee Sukonrat, Ph.D., Vice-Chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, addressed the NBTC’s support of the Project by saying that “The NBTC, as the regulatory body of broadcasting and telecommunications businesses, has a key mission for licensing frequencies to accommodate high speed wireless communications in the 5G era, to promote the national telecommunications infrastructure development, and introduce the extension and utilization of technologies to various sectors. This is in line with the government’s policy after the National 5G Committee resolved to approve the pioneer Smart Hospital project as a prototype project for 5G application and foresaw the potential of Siriraj Hospital – equipped with specialists and fully-integrated medical equipment – as being instrumental in development into a smart hospital to produce apparent results.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Siriraj Hospital and Huawei have established long-term cooperation in 5G technology development and application. In June 2020, Siriraj Hospital cooperated with Huawei Thailand to launch 5G self-driving vehicles for contactless delivery of medical supplies. In December 2020, Huawei signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with Siriraj Hospital to accelerate the intelligent operation of Siriraj Hospital using digital technologies such as 5G, including patient monitoring, diagnosis, and data collection, and provide technical training for doctors in the hospital. In 2020, Siriraj won the award from CommunicAsia Awards in the category of “Most Innovative 5G Trial in Asia Pacific Region.”

Mr. Abel Deng, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., highlighted that “Huawei has collaborated with Siriraj Hospital to transform it into a world class 5G Smart Hospital, and introduced the Innovation Lab at Srisavarindira Building as part of its 5G infrastructure project for Siriraj Hospital last year. This signifies a model for upgrading Thailand’s public health industry in the future and contributes to Siriraj’s transition to becoming a Smart Hospital, in line with Huawei’s mission to Grow in Thailand, Contribute to Thailand.”

Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Thailand at Launch Ceremony

This cross-sector collaboration will enhance and upgrade the services of Siriraj Hospital to progress it to become a smart medical center using digital technologies based on 5G, AI, Big Data infrastructure, and Cloud Edge processing for the purpose of patient tracking, disease diagnosis by AI on Cloud, data storage and analysis, and allocation of resources – all of which will help pave the way to fulfill the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital’s vision to become the “Medical Institute of the Nation, a Creator of Global Citizen Wellbeing”, and a Smart Hospital model for other hospitals in Thailand.

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Children in four South Asian countries at ‘extremely high risk’ of the impacts of the climate crisis – UNICEF


According to afirst-ever report of its kind, children in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistanare extremely vulnerable to climate change risks such as heatwaves and  floods


KATHMANDU, 23 August 2021 – Young people living in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan are among those most at risk of the impacts of climate change, threatening their health, education, and protection, according to a new UNICEF report launched today. In addition Nepal and Sri Lanka are among the top 65 countries most impacted globally.

‘The Climate Crisis Is a Child Rights Crisis: Introducing the Children’s Climate Risk Index’ (CCRI) is UNICEF’s first child-focused climate risk index. It ranks countries based on children’s exposure to climate and environmental shocks, such as cyclones and heatwaves, as well as their vulnerability to those shocks, based on their access to essential services.

Pakistan, Bangladesh Afghanistan and India are among four South Asian countries where children are at extremely high risk of the impacts of the climate crisis, with a ranking of 14, 15, 15 and 26 respectively. While Nepal is ranked 51, Sri Lanka is at 61st place. Bhutan is ranked 111, with children at relatively lower risk. Approximately 1 billion children live in one of the 33 countriesclassified as “extremely high-risk”, including the four South Asian countries.

“For the first time, we have clear evidence of the impact of climate change on millions of children in South Asia. Droughts, floods, air pollution and river erosion across the region have left millions of children homeless and hungry, and without any healthcare and water,” said George Laryea-Adjei, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia. “Together, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic have created an alarming crisis for South Asian children. The time to act is now – if we invest in water, healthcare and education, we can protect their futures from the impacts of a changing climate and degrading environment.”

Children’s Climate Change Risk Index for South Asia, UNICEF 2021

Country Name Children’s Climate Risk Index (CCRI) Rank Climate and environmental shocks  Child vulnerability to climate change shocks Emissions Per Capita (Mt)
Pakistan 14 8.7 6.4 0.98
Afghanistan 15 7.3 7.9 0.20
Bangladesh 15 9.1 5.1 0.51
India 26 9.0 4.6 1.80
Nepal 51 7.5 4.2 0.43
Sri Lanka 61 7.0 3.3 1.00
Bhutan 111 4.3 3.3 1.83

The report found that these South Asian children are in constant danger from  riverine floods and air pollution, but also that investments in child health, nutrition, and education can make a significant difference to protect children from climate change.

South Asia is home to over 600 million children and has the highest number of young people globally. South Asian countries are among the most vulnerable globally to the impacts of climate change. Extreme climate-related events – heatwaves, storms, floods, fires and droughts – affect more than half of the region’s population every year and continue to burden South Asian countries’ economies.  Rising global temperatures and changing weather patterns have put the futures of millions of children living in climate-vulnerable areas in South Asia at constant risk. Worse, before they can recover from one disaster, another one strikes, reversing any progress made.

The report also reveals a disconnect between where greenhouse gas emissions are generated, and where children are enduring the most significant climate-driven impacts. The 33 extremely high-risk countries , including four from South Asia, collectively emit just 9 per cent of global CO2 emissions. Conversely, the 10 highest emitting countries collectively account for nearly 70 per cent of global emissions.

“The frightening environmental changes we are seeing across the planet are being driven by a few but experienced by many in South Asia,” added Laryea-Adjei. “We must urgently reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work together as a community to build greater resilience in South Asia. Children and young people are at the heart of this change, withalmost half of 1.8 billion people below the age of 24 in South Asia.”

Compared to adults, children require more food and water per unit of their body weight, are less able to survive extreme weather events, and are more susceptible to toxic chemicals, temperature changes and diseases, among other factors. Without the urgent action required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally, children will continue to suffer the most.

Young people across South Asia are championing the cause. In Bangladesh, exposures to cyclones, droughts, floods and river erosion moved Tahsin, 23, to action. Through the youth organization he established, Tahsin and 400 children and young people from across the country are cleaning up public spaces, selling the plastic they collect to recycling centres and planting trees. In Pakistan, 14-year-old Zymal started producing biodegradable bags in order to clean up her country from the plastic pollution. In India, a youth filmmaker Divy is traveling across the country and spreading awareness about global warming and Gavita developed a water budgeting app.

In  light of these findings, UNICEF is urgently calling on governments, businesses and relevant actors to:

(1)  Increase investment in climate adaptation and resilience in key services for children.

(2)  Reducegreenhouse gas emissions. Countries must cut their emissions by at least 45% (compared to 2010 levels) by 2030 to keep warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

(3)  Provide children with climate education and greens skills, critical for their adaptation to and preparation for the effects of climate change.

(4)  Include young people in all national, regional and international climate negotiations and decisions, including at COP26.

(5)  Ensure the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is green, low-carbon and inclusive, so that the capacity of future generations to respond to the climate crisis is not compromised.

Notes to Editors:



The CCRI has placed India as one of the 33 extremely high-risk countries, with repeated flooding and air pollution being the repeated environmental shocks leading to socio-economic adverse consequences for women and children.

It is estimated that more than 600 million Indians will face ‘acute water shortages’ in the coming years, (NITI Aayog 2018) while at the same time flash flooding is to increase significantly in the majority of India’s urban areas once the global temperature increase rises above 2° Celsius. Twenty-one of the world’s 30 cities with the most polluted air in 2020 were in India (IQ Air Report 2020).

Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF India Representative said, “Climate change is a child rights crisis.  The Children’s Climate Change Index data has pointed to the serious deprivations faced by children, due to the intensifying effect that climate and environmental shocks have on existing inadequate access to essential services, such as water and sanitation, healthcare and education. Understanding where and how children are uniquely vulnerable to this crisis is crucial to building our resilience and effectively addressing climate change. UNICEF hopes the findings of the report will help prioritize action to protect those most at risk and to ensure that children inherit a livable planet.”

UNICEF in India partners with the Central and State governments to build community resilience against future hazards, through key flagship programmes. In Bihar, it is supporting 45,000 villages to become more resilient through the development of risk informed disaster management plans. In Maharashtra, it has helped develop a state-wide climate change curriculum that will be rolled out in all government schools to help skill the next generation of youth on taking climate action.

Across the country, UNICEF is also working with government to ensure that Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDPs) take into account costed climate resilient investments going forward, that health services such as the cold-chain are energy efficient and incorporating renewable sources, sanitation and water supply programmes are sustainable and contributing to maintaining clean environments, and education plans include school safety programming that train faculty on how to invest in disaster resilience.

To support systemic and scientifically validated climate advisories for social sectors, UNICEF has partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, to advance adaptation practices within social sectors. UNICEF also engages with children and youth to build awareness for climate advocacy and action.

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Avni announces awareness campaign titled #PeriodMeinRaksha, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan

New Delhi, 20 August, 2021: Avni – a menstrual health startup has launched a new awareness campaign titled ‘PeriodMeinRaksha’ on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

The campaign aims to normalize the conversation around periods across genders and generations. The idea is to focus on men and make it simpler for them to understand the concept and practices so that they further lend the right support to women.

The campaign begins with the founder sharing their experiences about normalising the conversation around periods. Further, Avni shall invite audiences to share their image with their father or brother and their experience of having a dialogue with them on the subject.

The campaign shall commence with the brand organising a workshop – ‘Men in Menstruation’ wherein experts shall address the topic to men and hold a knowledge-sharing session.

Avni’s #periodhelpline receives a lot of queries and messages from fathers of young girls, husbands, college students that they were keen on knowing more about the topic. This campaign was conceptualised to create a reliable knowledge resource for these men who #caretoprotect.

“In this quest, we take one step to sensitize men about periods, what exactly happens inside and how they can be cognizant and supportive towards it. Through focused workshops, our experts will help take them through real-life situations and share tips to help them in making the women less hesitant about talking in front of them,” said Mr. Apurv Agrawal – Co-Founder, Avni – Menstrual healthcare startup.

The campaign will be executed on the social media platforms of the brand, as well as through digital sessions. The startup shall invite Dr. Neeta Dhabhai – Consultant Obstretician and Gyneacologist, Deputy Director, WHO Collaborative Center for Research, Chairman and Director, Unfold Foundation to conduct the workshop, impart information and real life tips to improvise the social inhibitions related to the period. Avni intends to conduct these workshops on a regular basis.