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Chief Editor: Dr. Sreenivasarao Vepachedu


Issue 30

5108 Kali Era , Vyaya Year, Bhadrapada/Asvayuja month
2064 Vikramarka Era, Vyaya Year,Bhadrapada/Asvayuja month
1928 Salivahana Era
Vyaya Year, Bhadrapada/Asvayuja month
 2006 AD, September


Ode to Patent Code
Drug-Coated Stent Dangers
Gates Foundation and the Third World
Boeing in Nagpur
Stainless Steel Spinal Discs
Drug for Premature Ejaculation
Indian Biotech Industry

Ode to Patent Code

Drug-Coated Stent Dangers
Three studies presented at the World Cardiology Congress in Barcelona suggested that drug-coated stents, mesh tubes used to keep coronary arteries open, may lead to serious blood clots (thrombosis) in patients. A Swiss-Dutch study looking at more than 8,100 people who'd had stents placed to open blocked blood vessels found that those who got drug-coated stents had a higher risk for potentially life-threatening thrombosis compared to those with bare-metal stents. Two other Swiss studies reached similar conclusions about drug-coated and bare-metal stents and thrombosis risk. Drug-coated stents, introduced in 2000, were believed to be an improvement over bare metal because they could prevent thick growth of arterial tissue that could reblock the blood vessel. The drugs coating the stent may inhibit tissue growth too much, preventing a necessary thin layer of cells from covering the stent, leaving exposed metal that can attract clots.

Gates Foundation and the Third World
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Thursday four grants totaling more than $68.2 million to fight three tropical diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people each year in Africa, Asia, India and Latin America.
The diseases - hookworm, leishmaniasis and trypanosomiasis - are transmitted by parasites and worms. They can cause death or lifelong disfigurement or stunt children's growth and mental development. No vaccines exist to prevent most of these diseases and the few drugs that are available to combat them are expensive and have serious side effects, foundation officials said. The largest of the four grants will give $32 million to the Seattle-based Infectious Disease Research Institute to speed up development of a vaccine for leishmaniasis. This parasitic disease affects more than 12 million people worldwide and kills thousands each year, the World Health Organization said.

Boeing in Nagpur
The Boeing Company named Nagpur city, located in the State of Maharashtra in central India, as the location for its planned regional maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility. "We believe that Nagpur will be an excellent location for the Boeing MRO facility because of the tremendous investment being made in the area by both government and private companies," said Dinesh Keskar, vice president of Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Boeing is committed to helping strengthen India's air transport infrastructure by investing up to $100 million in this MRO facility."  Boeing agreed to establish an MRO facility and provide training as part of a 68-airplane order placed by Air India in December 2005. It is the largest commercial airplane order in India's civil aviation history, and it includes a combination of 777s, 787s and 737s that the operator will use for renewal and expansion of its all-Boeing fleet.

Stainless Steel Spinal Discs
A stainless steel device meant to replace natural but diseased shock-absorbing disks in the neck should receive government approval, government health advisers said. The two-part device is meant as an alternative to spinal fusion surgery in patients suffering from degenerative disc disease. The manufacturer of the Prestige Cervical Disc System, Medtronic Inc., said its device can help maintain motion and flexibility in patients, while relieving pain. Medtronic designed the device to be surgically implanted between the bones that make up the spine, with its plates screwed into the vertebrae themselves. The ball-and-socket connection between the device's two plates allows limited movement.

Drug for Premature Ejaculation
Premature ejaculation affects more men than erectile dysfunction, the condition that made Pfizer Inc.'s impotence drug Viagra a blockbuster. Premature ejaculation affects between 27 and 34 percent of all men, according the the American Urological Association. Dapoxetine, an antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), is the first treatment specifically for premature ejaculation. Last October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve the drug. The treatment is being developed by drug maker Johnson & Johnson's Alza Corporation. Side effects of the drug include nausea, diarrhoea, headache and dizziness.

Indian Biotech Industry

India's fraternity of trained scientists and academicians is probably one of the largest in the world, with more than 300 institutes offering training in the fields of biotechnology and bioinformatics. (Israel has the highest number of scientists and technicians per capita in the world: 140 per 10,000 inhabitants (the US ranks second with 83. Japan has 80 and Germany 60 per 10,000 inhabitants)).  There are currently more than 15,000 PhDs and 700,000 post-graduates working in different institutions and spanning diverse research areas across the country. Yet, the Indian biotechnology industry was estimated at $1.05 billion in calendar year 2005, with a growth rate of almost 37percent. Although currently contributing to just about one percent of the global biotechnology industry, it is projected to achieve a share of almost 10 percent over the next five years.  Top ten players:
1. Biocon India
2. Panacea Biotec
3. Wipro HealthScience
4. Wockhardt
5. Haffkine Bio-Pharmaceutical
6. Eli Lilly
7. Nicholas Piramal
8. Krebs Biochem
9. Bharat Serums
10. Indian Immunologicals

Source: The primary sources cited above,  BBC News, New York Times (NYT), Washington Post (WP), Mercury News, Bayarea.com, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Intellihealthnews, Deccan Chronicle (DC), the Hindu, Hindustan Times, Times of India, AP, Reuters, AFP, womenfitness.net etc.

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