Share In his letter, Nath highlighted key issues Indian Medical Devices industry has been requesting Govt to support to address 90 per cent import dependence and over Rs 45000 crore medical devices import bill by simple Executive Orders or by PolicyRajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD) in a letter to PM Narendra Modi, wholeheartedly thanked the PM for considering 10 per cent of GDP as economy boosting package, which is very favourable and among top five countries in the world. This is the opportunity for India to vie for being the second factory in the world for medical devices and a dependable manufacturer of quality products in global supply chain.In his letter, Nath highlighted the key issues the Indian Medical Devices industry has been requesting Govt to support to address the 90 per cent import dependence and over Rs 45000 crore medical devices import bill by simple Executive Orders or by Policy. They don’t seek subsidies.As India has all the potential to be second factory of the world for medical devices, Nath said India should not lose this opportunity to make India self-reliant in medical devices and requested the PM to ask Ministries to act on following :1) Expedite Govt payments. Ease cash flow. Many MSME not paid over 6-12 months to public healthcare.2) Custom Duty increase to 15 per cent on medical devices as done for mobile phones, up from current zero to 7.5 per cent or manufacturer will keep on importing, cheaper and convenient.3) Ban import of preowned medical electronics4) Preferential price on sale to public healthcare as permissible by GFR 153 and WTO based on Domestic Content per cent e.g.15 per cent for 50 per cent Domestic Content10 per cent for 40 per cent Domestic Content5 per cent for 25 per cent Domestic Content5) Medical Device Law needed as soon as possible as Drugs Act is not appropriate for innovative engineering products like medical electronics. Ventilators could not have been made by multiple new manufacturers in 3-4 weeks, like by Maruti, had Drugs Act already been applicable on ventilators. Additionally in absence of the Regulatory Approval, manufacturer are discouraged to sell to public health, by Exclusionary Clause US FDA approval clause.6) Regulate MRP – Consumer electronics like infrared thermometer needs to have a maximum MRP 3-4 times of import price. Currently a less than Rs 1000 non contact thermometer is selling at Rs 6000-10,000 black marketing.7) Customs may collate demand at national level and share with us, (quantitative and price range) to attract manufacturing scale up.In the last four weeks by teamwork of MSME Medical Electronic Manufacturers, Auto Makers, PSU’s, Scientists in DRDO, Component Association and Govt Dept helped to boost manufacturing of ventilators and from 5500 ventilators per month in February India will make over 33000 ventilators in May and 40,000 in June from 15 manufacturers. By teamwork it’s possible.“The government has thankfully quickly taken some much needed drastic and bold steps to control the pandemic. We also appreciate the collaborative efforts of the Govt approving the much needed schemes and policies for promotion of the domestic manufacturing of medical devices in the country. In our recent interactions with the government, we have represented in detail what all needs to be done to make India self-reliant in medical devices and hope the announcements will address the issues we raised”, concluded Nath. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts Read Article Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app AIMEDeconomy boosting packageGDPIndian Medical Devices industrylettermedical devicesRajiv Nathventilators Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on May 14, 2020 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, AiMeD writes to PM Narendra Modi Add Comment WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha
The Wall Street Journal: Infants as young as 6 months are capable of making predictions based on probability, a higher level of reasoning than is commonly believed possible, researchers have found.When shown a range of facial expressions, children as young as 7 months cast the longest gaze on the fearful face, similar to adult behavior, which scientists say signals an early sign of emotional processing.…“The baby brain is a mystery, waiting to be unpeeled. It’s full of secrets waiting to be uncovered,” says Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, at the University of Washington in Seattle. Scientists at the institute are conducting some of the first experiments using magnetoencephalography, or MEG, brain-imaging machines on children. The technology allows researchers to measure magnetic-field changes around the brain while a baby sits under what looks like a beauty-salon hair dryer. Dr. Kuhl says the technology is noninvasive and silent, making it ideal for working with babies.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >
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