India lifts export ban on Trump-touted drug hydroxychloroquine

first_imgIndia has lifted an export ban on hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug touted by US President Donald Trump as a potential “game changer” in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, a minister said late on Wednesday.”Department of Pharmaceuticals has approved the lifting of ban on Export of Hydroxychloroquine API as well as formulations,” India’s minister for chemicals and fertilizers, Sadananda Gowda, said on Twitter.Manufacturers, except export-oriented units and those in special economic zones, would still have to supply 20% of their production to the domestic market, Gowda said. The country, a leading exporter of generic medicines across the world, banned the export of the drug and its formulations in March as the coronavirus outbreak disrupted supply chains.But India eased some of these restrictions in April and shipped 50 million tablets of the drug to the United States that month, Reuters reported.Trump’s championing of hydroxychloroquine had initially raised expectations for the treatment, but conflicting reports of its efficacy have added to confusion about the decades-old drug.British scientists last week halted a major trial after it found that the drug was “useless” at treating COVID-19 patients. A Lancet medical journal study that found hydroxychloroquine increased the risk of death in COVID-19 patients was withdrawn a week after it led to major trials being halted.Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said it will resume its trial of the drug for potential use against the novel coronavirus after those running the study briefly stopped giving it to new patients over health concerns.IPCA Laboratories and Cadila Healthcare are two leading Indian manufacturers of the drug. IPCA’s shares were down 1.2%, while Cadila’s stock was up 1% in a broader Mumbai market that was lower on Thursday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

With ISL good show, Sergio Castel dreams of La Liga

first_imgPanaji: The Indian Super League (ISL) has a new leading goal scorer this season Jamshedpur FCs Sergio Castel.The 24-year-old is leading the attack for the Men of Steel has four goals in five matches so far after his match-winning strike against FC Goa on Tuesday.A 17th minute goal from Castel in a 1-0 win over FC Goa helped his side join ATK at the top of the ISL table with 10 points. However, the Spaniard was not entirely content with the score line.“To be honest, I could have scored more goals. I still have to improve a bit up top in making decisions. But, I am happy my goal helped the team get three points,” said the 24-year-old.Castel’s move to Jamshedpur is a fruitful output of the club’s association with Atletico Madrid. The player is under contract with the La Liga giants and was loaned out to the ISL side in the summer.On Tuesday, Goa were put to the sword for the very first time at home this season as Sergio Lobera had the likes of Ferran Corominas injured while Hugo Boumous and Seiminlen Doungel suspended. Sergio Castel felt that Jamshedpur had to still face a stiff challenge and it was only better tactics that prevailed.“Goa were missing some of their good players but we were also missing Piti, our playmaker. It is not about excuses, we were smarter. Credit to our coach (Antonio) Iriondo who changed the tactics to nullify Goa’s midfield so we could attack on the counters,” he said.Castel was also complimentary on his partnership with India international Farukh Choudhary up top, who provided him the assist in Goa. “Farukh was absolutely brilliant. The ball came quite fast towards me but the delivery was good by Farukh. I did not have much time to react but I saw and chipped the ball and it was a goal,” he said.Having played in Spain’s second division, Castel believes the ISL is a better league and facilitates the development of footballers.“At the moment I am focused only on Jamshedpur for this year. I want to help them reach the qualifiers for the first time and try to win. I still have two more years left with Atletico Madrid. I don’t think too much about the future, I just live in the moment. Maybe I’ll continue or go back. I don’t know.“In India, they have facilities, better stadia, very good fans. In Spain, I played in the second division. It is a difficult league with very good players so it is hard to do well because of the competition. For me, this is a much better league. It is good for players to grow,” he opined.He added: “For me, it was a great opportunity (to come to India). Because of my age, people think that I should play in top leagues like La Liga or Premier League. Maybe someday I will, but I had the opportunity to join a league like the ISL and I heard about the fans and the people of such a great country like India I didn’t think too much.”Jamshedpur FC will next face NorthEast United.“For NorthEast United, we have to stay very humble. We have to work a lot this week and keep an eye on their game as well,” Sergio Castel said. (IANS)Also read: Castel wins it for Jamshedpur FC in GoaAlso Watch: Dokmoka Mob Lynching: Abhi-Neel case awaits justice after 1 ½ yearslast_img read more