The Hindu Editorial Analysis: 15th October 2022

The Hindu Editorial Analysis:

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We all are aware of the importance of reading The Hindu newspaper with the aspect of improving reading ability, easily comprehending paragraphs, getting updated with the current events, improving essay writing and many more. For a banking aspirant it becomes necessary to read editorials for vocabulary. In this article we are going to discuss the points of today’s editorials with practice questions and important vocabs.

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  • The Central Drugs standard control,the apex drug regulator has barred Haryana based Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited from manufacturing medicinal drugs.
  • It barred because the cough and cold syrup it manufactured and exported to Gambia is being linked to the deaths of 66 children there marked by the World Health organization (WHO)
  • The concoctions were apparently contaminated with diethylene glycol(DEG) and ethylene glycol that may have led to kidney failure.
  • The Indian government has said that a causal link is awaited but the full report is clear.
  • The Union Health Ministry has advised the government on its future course of action against the company.
  • The provisions of India’s drug and cosmetics act says that manufacturing adulterated drugs and gross violation of prescribed manufacturing practices with imprisonment upto 10 years and fine upto Rs.10 lakh.
  • In 2020, the cough syrup made by the Himachal Pradesh based vision digital killed 13 children in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu,in the test of that syrup the presence of DEG was found.
  • In other tests it was found that the vision digital had violated mandatory manufacturing practices that ensured that DEG was not present in that.
  • But this matter was taken to the court and in the verdict it was said the product was directly responsible for the deaths.
  • The deaths in the Gambia have evoked an international outcry and India has a reputation as a major supplier of drugs and medicines in the international market so there will be greater scrutiny of India’s actions.
  • Early responses from India’s health establishment have not been encouraging with assurances that the drugs were only cleared for export to the Gambia and not for sale in India.
  • To rise up to the value chain, whether it be vaccines or drugs,India has to work harder at its image of having an impartial and independent regulator that can be trusted internationally as well as domestically.

Practice Questions:

  • Why has the central drug standard control has barred Haryana based pharmaceuticals from manufacturing medicinal drugs?
  • How many children died in Gambia and what was the reason?
  • What is the provision of India’s drug and cosmetics for violating the prescribed manufacturing of adulterated drugs?
  • Which chemicals found in drugs lead to kidney failure?

Important Vocabs:

  • Prescribed- to say what treatment or medicine somebody should have.
  • Barred- to close something with bars.
  • Evoked- to produce memory,feeling etc. in somebody.
  • Apex- highest part of something.

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