Hyderabad firm gets nod to make Remdesivir

The drug will be available in the form of an injectable medicine in 100 mg vials and each vial is expected to cost between Rs 5,000 and Rs 6,000.

A vial injection : and its approval

  1. A single-dose or single-use vial is a vial of liquid medication intended for injection that is meant for use in a single patient for a single, procedure.
  2. A company based in Hyderabad, Hetero Drugs, got the approval from DCGI(Drug Controller General of India) to manufacture and sell the antiviral drug remdesivir.
  3. ICMR had recently authorised this drug as an investigational therapy under emergency medical use against novel corona virus.
  4. Cipla also has been given the same approval.

The Drug is for :

  1. The drug has got the approval for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in adults and children.
  2. The company official said that the drug will be sold under the brand name ‘Covifor’ and the same be available for use in 7 days.
  3. As of now the drug will be delivered through government channels and will be supplied to only govt hospitals.

The drug dose :

  1. It will be an injection in 100mg vials and each vial will cost about 5000 Rs to 6000Rs.
  2. The final price is not decided yet.
  3. The ICMR in its ‘Clinical Management Protocol: Covid-19’ has recommended a 200 mg dose through IV on day 1, followed by 100mg through IV daily for five days.

India needs to review its 2013 cyber security policy

 “India 6th most targeted by Chinese hackers.”

India witnesses three-fold hike:

  1. India is one of the most targeted countries in terms of cyber phishing and spamming.
  2. Phishing incidents has increased in the lockdown almost three times and most of them are done from China.
  3. Spam mailing, malware injecting and incidents relating to hacking have troubled users across the country

Work from home : the target event

  1. 56% rise in the malicious traffic on the internet has been reported which affected work from home policy of many companies.
  2. The experts guess this is just the tip of the iceberg as many such cases go unreported.
  3. Many hackers, professionals, freelancer’s groups are always trying to conduct attacks internationally.

Govt has warned :

  1. Several advisories have been published by the Indian Computer Emergency Team and media about possibilities of cyber-attacks.
  2. Approximately more than one third of all cyber attacks worldwide are launched from China.
  3. China has the largest military group of cyber experts in the world. Countries like Pakistan and North Korea are working closely with Chinese hackers.

The National Cyber Security Policy, 2013 :

  1. With an aim to monitor and protect information and strengthen defences from cyber attacks, the National Cyber Security Policy 2013 was released on July 2, 2013, by the Government of India.
  2. The objective of this policy in broad terms is to create a secure cyber-space ecosystem and strengthen the regulatory framework.
  3. The govt had announced that it will bring out the New Cyber Security Policy, 2020 this year.

Intelligence has rescued :

  1. Indian agencies are geared up and capable to defend the attacks launched by China.
  2. They say that their hacking codes are not so sophisticated, they are easily cracked.
  3.  We, however, need to review the 2013 policy and launch a new one that gives special features to our professionals.

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