First health institute in Nagaland inaugurated
The first health institute to be set up in the North-eastern state of India, Christian Institute of Health Sciences & Research (CISHR) is a collaboration between the Christian Medical College, Vellore and the Emmanuel Hospital Association, in Nagaland. The hospital it is hoped, would soon be upgraded to a 300-bedded one in the near future making it eligible for the status of a medical college.
Governor, K. Sankaranarayanan congratulated the government and the people at the inaugural and said the institution would provide both opportunities and challenges. He also called upon the institute to promote community health care, rural hygiene and educate people in order to prevent the menace of HIV/ AIDS in the state.
The project for a 500-bedded referral hospital was sanctioned by the government of India in 1985, for which the work commenced in 1989; the project could not be completed because of various reasons, including cost escalation.
However now the people of Nagaland can look forward to various other up-coming projects including a nursing college, a medical college and a school for the children in future.
MedRC provides e-Learning opportunities in health sciences
An e-Learning program for health science graduate and post graduate aspirants has been launched at the Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences Digital Library at Vijayawada.
NTRUHS provides various courses in Health Sciences to more than 60,000 students through its 300 affiliated colleges. The Medical Education Research Centre for Education technologies (MEdRC EduTech) is converting the entire MBBS curriculum (as prescribed by the MCI) into a series of over 7500 multimedia enhanced digital lectures. The lectures are delivered by Professors who are invited from various medical colleges across India, captured on video and subsequently enhanced by a team of doctors and multimedia professionals by adding multimedia elements in the form of slides, graphics, illustrations, 2D and 3D animation, etc.
In addition MEdRC is developing e-Learning courses for Pharmacy, Dental, Nursing, Paramedical, Hospital Staff Training, and for Village Health Workers in various Indian languages. MEdRC also captures and delivers modules for Continuing Medical Education through tie ups with various medical teaching organizations.
Needle-free insulin in India soon
India, predicted to become the diabetes capital of the world, is home to around 40 million diabetic patients and the number is growing significantly every year.
Biotechnology company Shreya Lifesciences has entered into an in-licensing agreement with US-based Generex Biotechnology Corp to market Oral-lyn, the country’s first needle-free insulin. The new version is delivered into the mouth using Generex’s proprietary device branded RapidMist. It has been emphasised that Oral-lyn is not a new drug, but only a new delivery form.
Generex Biotechnology recently got the government’s approval to import and register the drug in India. Since insulin is a drug under government price control, the company, it is said would seek a price approval from the national pharmaceutical pricing authority (NPPA). Imported drugs are given up to 35% margin to cover post manufacturing expenses, while locally made ones get 100%. Shreya Lifesciences is expected to launch the drug in a couple of months after meeting regulatory requirements. The price of the drug is expected to be much higher compared to the injectable version. The market size of insulin in the country, now available in the form of injectables and cartridges, is around INR 300 crore. Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly, Wockhardt, Biocon and Shreya Lifes