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Top stories in health and medicine: Public Health, Manipur, India

1. Pictorial warnings on tobacco products ineffective: Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry today admitted the present pictorial warnings on tobacco products have not been effective as people did not understand their message of caution. The Ministry is also in consultation with the Agriculture Ministry to find a way out in persuading tobacco farmers to move to another crop in its bid to contain tobacco use, Keshav Desiraju, Additional Secretary in Union Health Ministry, told reporters here.

2. Bar-coding for medicines would be mandatory says DCGI

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has proposed to make it mandatory for medicines intended for domestic supply to also bear barcodes.  He said that, Commerce ministry unveiled an ambitious scheme to add serial numbers to all exported medicines – via the printing of  S1-compliant 2D barcodes on primary packaging and 1D or 2D codes on secondary packaging in this year.

3. Researchers find superbug gene in New Delhi water

A gene that can turn many types of bacteria into deadly superbugs was found in about a quarter of water samples taken from drinking supplies and puddles on the streets of New Delhi, according to a new study.

Bacteria armed with this gene can only be treated with a couple of highly toxic and expensive antibiotics. Since it was first identified in 2008, it has popped up in a number of countries, including the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada and Sweden.


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