International Current Affairs - 2019

Latest International Current Affairs 2019 with news summaries and current events in International developments, geopolitical, organizations, groupings and fora related updates for India and world with all important national news updates and events for the year 2019.

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Government bans sale of Analgin, Pioglitazone and Deanxit

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has banned the sale of three widely popular medicines – painkiller Analgin, anti-diabetes drug Pioglitazone and anti-depressant Deanxit in the wake of health adversities associated with these drugs.

What is the reason behind the ban?

Under the Drugs and Cosmetic Act 30-B, sale of any drug, the use of which is prohibited in the country of origin, is banned in India until clinical data substantiate that it is risk free.

The ministry has been the postponing the withdrawal of Analgin and Deanxit, which are not marketed globally, for many years despite pressure from a parliamentary panel.  The government has thus taken a stand on banning the sale of drugs that have been prohibited in US, UK, Canada, Japan, European Union or Australia.

What are the risks with the use of these drugs?

  • AnalginIt use can cause complications in patients suffering from chronic pulmonary infections and bronchial asthma. It can also decrease in the count of white blood cells, which can be fatal.
  • Pioglitazone:  Though generally used in against type 2 diabetes and hyperglycemia, there has been higher occurrence of fractures hands and feet in female diabetics given this drug and is also associated with bladder cancer and congestive heart faliure.
  • Deanxit: It is a mix of Flupenthixol and Melitracenis, considered a harmful combination.

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Kevin Rudd takes oath as new Australian Premier

Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia. He ousted the incumbent Julia Gillard as leader of the Labor Party. The leadership change comes ahead of an election scheduled in September 2013.

Julia Gillard was first woman PM of Australia and she was also the first woman Leader of the Labor Party.

Kevin Rudd is the new leader of the Labor Party and previously and was previously Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, and Labor Leader from 2006 to 2010.

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