Pharma Watch

MIT Researchers use AI to uncover New Antibiotic Class to combat MRSA

MIT researchers have employed deep learning to identify a class of compounds effective against drug-resistant bacteria, particularly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), responsible for over 10,000 deaths annually in the United States. The study published in Nature demonstrated the compounds’ potency in lab dishes and mouse models, emphasizing their low toxicity …

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Kathmandu Metropolitan City Takes Stricter Measures to Regulate Pharmacies

In a bid to ensure the quality and legality of pharmaceutical services, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has issued a decisive directive to pharmacies operating within its jurisdiction. Currently, there are approximately 2,600 pharmacies functioning within the metropolis.   The KMC’s Health Department released a statement highlighting the mandate for …

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Nepal’s Pharmacovigilance Initiative: Progress and Challenges

Words by Suman Shahukhal Clopidogrel is a widely prescribed antiplatelet drug and if you practice internal medicine or cardiovascular medicine, you certainly may have prescribed the drug to multiple patients, right? There has been a revision in the guidelines for Clopidogrel use based on Pharmacovigilance data. The pharmacovigilance studies revealed …

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Medication Safety

Words by Sanjaya Mani Dixit  Medications are a potent tool aiding in our battle against illnesses and diseases. The allure of medications lies in their ability to heal, alleviate suffering, and enhance quality of life.  They possess potent capabilities in preventing or treating diseases when administered correctly. However, their potency …

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Deprescribing Medications for Better Health

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Words by Sanjaya Mani Dixit  Deprescribing offers a plethora of advantages, transcending age boundaries. The practice allows healthcare providers to gain a clearer understanding of the patient’s actual health conditions, leading to more informed treatment decisions. Deprescribing is more than just a trend; it’s a paradigm shift that prioritizes patient …

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Hello Eye Drops, Goodbye Glasses

Beginning around the age of 40, most adults have difficulty with near vision, and many find the need to use reading glasses. In October 2021, the US FDA granted approval for the use of Allergan’s eye drop, Vuity (pilocarpine HCl ophthalmic solution) 1.25%, which could eliminate the need for reading …

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The Situation of Community Pharmacies in Nepal

Pharmacies opened on a community level to cater to the medication needs of the people living in the nearby area are called community pharmacies. A community pharmacy (aushadhi pasal) is often referred to as a medical shop or chemist store or retail pharmacy in Nepal. In a developing nation like …

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Nootropics: Smart Drugs

Nootropics is a class of substances that can boost brain performance, and so are sometimes called cognition/memory enhancers. Prescription nootropics have stimulant effects and can offset symptoms of medical conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Alzheimer’s, or narcolepsy. Nonprescription substances like caffeine and creatine, which can enhance brain performance …

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New drug approvals recommended by European Medicines Agency

Roche’s Phesgo (pertuzumab/trastuzumab) is one of the half dozen medicines that the European Medicines Agency’s human medicines committee (CHMP) has recommended for approval at its November 2020 meeting. Phesgo has been endorsed as a treatment for early and metastatic breast cancer. Administered as a subcutaneous, fixed-dose combination of pertuzumab and …

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