Bengaluru Current Affairs - 2020

‘Itolizumab’ Injection gets DCGI Approval for Treatment of Moderate to Serve ARDS Patients

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has given its approval to ‘Itolizumab’ injection for the treatment of COVID-19 patients with restricted emergency use only in case of moderate to severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) patients.

DCGI has made it clear that written informed consent of the patient will be required by the authorities before administrating the Itolizumab injection.

Clinical Trials with Itolizumab

The approval by the DCGI was given after satisfactory outcomes during the clinical trials conducted by the Expert Committee from All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) on COVID-19 patients.

Itolizumab

Itolizumab is an anti-CD6 monoclonal antibody injection that is being used in India for the treatment of Psoriasis (Skin Disorder in which Skin Cells multiply 10 times faster than normal).

Bengaluru based biopharmaceutical company- Biocon Limited is the developer and the manufactures of the Itolizumab injection. Biocon’s Itolizumab got approval from the DCGI for the treatment of Psoriasis back in January 2013.

Quidich announced successful completion of India’s First NPNT Complaint Drone Flight

Mumbai based Quidich Innovation Labs Private Limited has announced that it has successfully completed the first No-Permission No-Takeoff (NPNT) compliant drone flight of India. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) identified the green field near Karnataka’s Tumkur were the first NPNT compliant drone flight of India was carried out.

The drone used for the flight is an Asteria Aerospace (Bengaluru based company) manufactured A200 micro drone. Back in October 2019, this A200 micro-drone was the first drone in India to be issued the Unique Identification Number (UIN) by the DGCA. U0000001 is the UIN of the A200 micro drone that has completed the first NPNT compliant drone flight of India.

The UIN- U0000001 A200 micro drone is owned by Quidich Innovation Labs Private Limited.

Background

For certified and compliant drone operations in India, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation launched the Digital Sky Platform on 1st December 2018. Under the Digital Sky platform, regulations and policies for flying Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS- means drones) were announced, as per which Nano drones can fly in India without any registration in the Digital Sky Portal or UIN.

For Micro and above category drones, obtaining UIN was made compulsory for the operators and pilots of the drone. The UIN can be obtained after proper registration of the drone (details of manufacturer and operator) from the Digital Sky web portal of the DGCA.