Day: November 13, 2020

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France still sweating over Mbappe’s fitness for Portugal game [Video]

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS WHITE FLASHES

SHOWS:

LISBON, PORTUGAL (NOVEMBER 13, 2020) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. FRANCE COACH, DIDIER DESCHAMPS, WALKING ONTO PITCH WEARING A MASK

2. SQUAD WALKING ONTO PITCH FOR TEAM MEETING

3. FRANCE STRIKER, KYLIAN MBAPPE, STANDING ON PITCH WEARING A MASK FOR MEETING

4. DESCHAMPS AND COACHING STAFF

5. SQUAD HUDDLED ON PITCH IN MOMENT OF SILENCE

6. SQUAD BREAKING UP HUDDLE TO START TRAINING SESSION

7. TRAINER PUTTING BRACELET ON MBAPPE

8. SQUAD WARMING UP ON PITCH

9. FRANCE FORWARD, ANTOINE GRIEZMANN, WARMING UP

10. FRANCE MIDFIELDER, PAUL POGBA, DURING WARM UP

11. SQUAD WARMING UP ON PITCH

12. VARIOUS OF MBAPPE JOGGING ON PITCH APART FROM THE REST OF THE SQUAD (3 SHOTS)

13. GRIEZMANN WARMING UP

14. SQUAD WARMING UP AND PASSING BALLS

15. DESCHAMPS LOOKING AT PIECE OF PAPER

16. POGBA RUNNING

17. GOALKEEPERS TRAINING

18. VARIOUS OF SQUAD STRETCHING

19. MBAPPE RUNNING HIGH-KNEES APART FROM THE REST OF THE SQUAD

20. SQUAD STRETCHING IN MIDDLE OF PITCH IN EMPTY STADIUM

LISBON, PORTUGAL (NOVEMBER 13, 2020) (RTP – ACCESS ALL)

21. FRANCE COACH, DIDIER DESCHAMPS, WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE

22. WHITE FLASH

23. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE COACH, DIDIER DESCHAMPS, ON MBAPPE, SAYING:

“He (Mbappe) will do the first part of the training session on his own, because he’s got specific work to do and we will see what happens. With him, like with other players, I will obviously wait to see how the training session goes today and we will look at the situation tomorrow morning to see how everyone is before making these decisions for tomorrow’s match.”

24. WHITE FLASH

25. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE COACH, DIDIER DESCHAMPS, ON FACING PORTUGAL, SAYING:

“Portugal is going to do everything to win the match, and so are we. It’s tough to predict what is going to happen. It is probably going to be similar to other matches we’ve had with two very solid, very strategic squads. We can start with intentions to control the ball, but that doesn’t guarantee success. But the intentions, both for Portugal and for us, will be there. We’ve not come here to suffer, but it is possible that at times we will. But every team, Portugal or any other squad among the best in Europe and in the world will try to have the ball and create problems for their opponents, but when you don’t have the ball, it’s also about being effective in defence. Both teams were very good in the match in October. So, we will see tomorrow.”

STORY: France striker Kylian Mbappe faces a late fitness test ahead of their Nations League A Group 3 clash away to Portugal, coach Didier Deschamps said on Friday (November 13).

The Paris St Germain forward missed Les Bleus’s 2-0 home defeat by Finland with a thigh injury that made his presence for the Portugal trip on Saturday uncertain.

“He’s going to do the first part of the training session tonight on his own and for him,

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Parents accuse Bedford, N.S., dentist of malpractice, call for licence to be revoked

Parents in Nova Scotia are accusing a dentist in Bedford, N.S., of malpractice while doing dental work on their children and are calling for his licence to be revoked.



a car parked in front of a house: Granville Dental in Bedford is seen on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.


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Granville Dental in Bedford is seen on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

Ryan Binder from Glace Bay, N.S., says his six-year-old daughter had a referral from the Mayflower Mall Dentist in Sydney to Granville Dental in Bedford, N.S., to get a tooth removed.

Binder says he wasn’t able to attend the Tuesday appointment, as he was working, so his mother attended for him.

“She started screaming during the appointment, and my mother went to the secretary and said, is that Peyton screaming?” said Binder.

Read more: Avoid routine dental visits amid coronavirus uncertainty, WHO says

Binder says his mother wasn’t allowed inside the room during the treatment. He claims the dentist, Dr. Errol Gaum, wasn’t letting his daughter breathe because he was holding her nose during the treatment, restricting her breathing.

“She was screaming for my mother and Dr. Gaum told her to ‘shut up’ and sad that ‘your grandmother is gone,’” said Binder. “My mother was so upset, then my fiancé told me ‘you need to get home now.’

“(My daughter) came up to me crying, she said ‘daddy, you said I was going to be OK. You were wrong, daddy.”

That’s when he decided to post about the experience on Facebook, which has since garnered thousands of shares.

Stephanie Walsh of Lower Sackville, N.S., says her son had a similar experience with Dr. Gaum back in August. She says her son was referred to him after it was determined he needed new caps.

“They advised me that I was not allowed to be in the room with him. I need to be in the waiting room, or I could wait in the van,” said Walsh, “which I thought was bizarre.”

“I carried him to the room, put him in the chair, they closed the door behind me and I sat in the waiting room and waited for what felt like an eternity while I listened to him scream in agony the entire time.”

In a statement to Global News, the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia said they are “aware of the recent concern posted on Facebook.  The Board is currently looking further into this matter.”

“Individuals wishing to make a formal complaint about a dentist should file one directly with the Board by mail or on its website,” said Dr. Curtis Gregoire, deputy registrar of the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia, in the statement.

Video: Nova Scotia dentists feeling pinch of COVID-19 pandemic

Halifax Regional Police also confirmed that they received a complaint about Dr. Gaum on Tuesday.

“At this point we have one report of this particular incident, but it’s important that we conduct our investigations and we make sure that we look into them thoroughly,” said Halifax police spokesperson Const. John MacLeod.

Dr. Gaum declined an interview with Global News, but his

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North Carolina man finally gets unemployment money

A 73-year-old man who lives in Avery County said he applied for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program in May.

AVERY COUNTY, N.C. — A WCNC Charlotte Defenders investigation is learning about an older couple who was forced to ration their medicine while waiting for unemployment benefits.

A 73-year-old man who lives in Avery County said he applied for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program in May. He was waiting five months with no answer. 

In the meantime, he said he and his wife were cutting spending, including on their prescription medicines.

Richard Warriner said every time he calls to talk to an agent with the North Carolina Department of Employment Security, he’s told his claim is good to go, which is why he’s confused about why he was waiting for several months with no payment.

RELATED: 709,000 seek US jobless aid as coronavirus pandemic escalates

“I don’t like living like this,” Warriner said. “You’re just like being a gerbil on a wheel and we’re not going anywhere.”

Warriner, who does medical schedules for a company in Minnesota, said he took a major pay cut in April when he was making $750 per week, which went down to $250 per week. Initially, he applied for regular unemployment benefits.

“As an independent contractor, I was deemed ineligible,” said Warriner.

Then he switched to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program in May and waited months for an answer.  He said every time he talked to a DES agent, he asked the same question.

“Is there anything wrong with my file you can see?’ And every time everybody said ‘No, it looks great, you should be getting it’,” said Warriner.

In the meantime, Warriner said his refrigerator broke down.  He also said he and his wife were holding off on car repairs, and even rationing their prescription medications.

“Instead of taking two pills a day you take one, so you don’t have to refill it as often,” Warriner said.

Warriner said he has friends in other states who applied for unemployment benefits and were already paid.  In North Carolina, he doesn’t know what else to do to get his payment.

“They have a place on their website where you can update your documents which I have done, but I’m not sure anyone has looked at them,” said Warriner. “I suspect it’s the push of a button on a computer and it’s resolved.”

There has now been a major update to Warriner’s case within the past month.  He said his case was resolved after he contacted the Defenders team and he also reached out to a state representative who agreed to help.  Now, Warriner is getting his unemployment payments.

RELATED: Unemployment drops to 6.9% and US adds a solid 638,000 jobs


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VYPE Class 5A/6A Helmet Stickers powered by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine: Week 7 (Nov. 5-7)

Welcome to a new VYPE feature for the 2020 football season – VYPE Helmet Stickers powered by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine! Every week, VYPE will scour the stat sheets of the previous week and find the top performers.

Class 6A and 5A teams went into Week 7 and wow there were some amazing performances! See who earned VYPE Helmet Stickers this week. Here are the selections.


PREVIOUS HELMET STICKER SELECTIONS

– Week 1 (Sept. 24-27)
– Week 2 (Oct. 1-3)
– Week 3 (Oct. 8-10)
– Week 4 (Oct. 15-17)
– Week 5 (Oct. 22-24)
– Week 6 (Oct. 29-31)

Jaydon Tutwiler-Drew (@DrewJaydon) – New Caney 

In New Caney’s 48-40 win over Cleveland last week Jaydon Tutwiler-Drew was a key piece to the victory. The junior signal-caller went 3 of 4 for 70 yards and a touchdown through the air. Then he added 121 yards and a score on just six carries on the ground.

KeKe Davis (@jakenan23) – Baytown Lee

It was a thrilling 48-44 victory for Baytown Lee last week over Galveston Ball. The Ganders had a big performance from main back Keke Davis in the victory. Davis rushed for 142 yards and three scores on just 19 carries for the Ganders. Baytown Lee continues to play impressive football as they hold second place in district heading into this week’s showdown with undefeated Port Arthur Memorial.

Xavier Smallwood (@xavier25zay) – Foster

It was a big showdown for Foster last week as they faced off against Katy Paetow. The Falcons ended up winning the meeting 28-10 and a key factor was the running of Xavier Smallwood. The back busted off 117 yards and one score on 16 carries for the Falcons.

 Brock Bolfing (@BrockBolfing) – Montgomery 

There is being efficient and then there is was Brock Bolfing did for Montgomery last week in a 49-22 victory over Bryan Rudder. The junior finished the game 13 of 15 for 244 yards and four touchdowns. Bolfing completed 86% of his passes and had zero turnovers. On the season, Bolfing has passed for 1,512 yards and 16 scores with just three interceptions. He has helped guide the Bears to a 4-2 record through six games.

Roland Harvey (@rh_era1) – Fort Bend Marshall 

Fort Bend Marshall has it rolling and quarterback Roland Harvey is a big reason why. Against Houston Austin last week in a 63-6 victory, Harvey went 8 of 15 for 197 yards and four scores passing. He added 99 yards rushing and a score on just five carries. Five total touchdowns for Harvey and the Buffs offense look like they haven’t missed a beat.

Cardell Williams (@staywokee2) – Westfield 

The

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Take Your Fitness Virtual with Marathon Fitness

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 12, 2020–

In a year as unique as 2020 has been, the importance of a “virtual” transition has been the key to staying connected at work. At Marathon Fitness™, the fitness center product and design specialists celebrated their 10 th year of offering interactive and virtual fitness products while on the way eclipsing their 400 thvirtual installation.

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ADVAGYM by Sony is a brand new interactive and virtual fitness tracker offered by Marathon Fitness. (Photo: Business Wire)

Marathon Fitness™ has helped fitness clients in Health Clubs, Medical-Based Wellness, Corporate, Multi-Family and Municipal Rec Centers pioneer for the first time connected, technology-enabled fitness, or immersive streaming of instructor-led boutique classes anytime, anywhere. “We make fitness an entertaining, effective, and fun experience, while fostering social connections that encourage our client’s members to be the best versions of themselves and achieve their fitness goals,” reports David Novit, the Dallas based application consultant with Marathon Fitness™ who began his fitness products career in 1990.

“The brands we distribute offer virtual fitness experiences through On Demand and Live streamed classes including total body strength, Yoga, Pilates, Stretching, Indoor and Outdoor real-life biking and rowing experiences,” says Novit. “It’s really mind blowing when we show a client for the first time all the options. Once engaged into the workout, smart technology from PRECOR™, Aviron™ and Echelon™ cardio machines auto-adjust the speed, incline, decline, and/or resistance to mirror the on-screen training, so users can zone-in on their workout and enjoy the unique immersive experience. Members thrive upon equipment that transports them to an interactive, engaging and energizing workout experience that most importantly can be personalized to meet their exact goals.”

Do you have a competitive streak? For users who want to get their heart really pumping, Spin Classes or High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) platforms are now available. Not only are the features easy to integrate, but the high-quality graphics with accurate leaderboards track members’ real-time performance data. “This new fitness experience delivers mind-blowing workouts, provides a spot reservation service and offers per-second data analysis, which trainers and coaches really love,” reports company founder Christa Davis. “The pace of innovation is so constant we need weekly Zoom meetings with our clients and team to share all the updates pushed out, the latest is ADVAGYM by Sony.”

A company at the nexus of facility design and technology, Marathon Fitness™ is helping clients in every sector of Fitness including Clubs, Corporate Wellness, Colleges, Multi-Family and Hospitality brands by designing new or renovating existing spaces to combine the best equipment, proprietary networked software, and world-class streaming digital fitness and wellness content. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Stafford, Texas, Marathon Fitness™ has a growing number of showrooms throughout Texas and Arizona. For more information, visit www.MarathonFitness.com.

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Supreme sells out, Midwestern big-box stores thrive

Hello! 

We’ve survived yet another week of 2020! Much like the weeks prior, this certainly wasn’t an easy one, but regardless, we are very happy you’re here and pleased to present you with the latest in retail news.

We hope it may momentarily take your mind off the uncertainty of the US government and rising COVID-19 rates. (Ugh, sorry I mentioned it. Instead, take a look at this incredibly beautiful Taco Bell that’s going viral on TikTok!)

With that, I welcome you to the latest edition of Insider Retail, our weekly roundup of everything you need to know in the world of retail and restaurants. If you haven’t already subscribed, click here to get me, Bethany Biron, and my colleague, Shoshy Ciment, in your inbox every Friday. 

Alright, let’s get to it:

Supreme



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Hypebeasts were up in arms this week after New York-based streetwear brand Supreme sold to the VF Corporation — parent company of brands like Timberland, Vans, and The North Face — in a $2.1 billion deal.

Disgruntled fans took to social media to decry the acquisition, which many felt was “the ultimate sell-out move” for the counterculture company, wrote Shoshy. 

However, experts said there’s no need to mourn the spirit of Supreme quite yet. The VF Corporation said the brand will still be permitted to collaborate with brands outside its portfolio, while still having access to the parent company’s global resources. 

“What makes Supreme so appealing is the limited availability of their releases, and I think VF Corporation has a good understanding of that,” said Amir Azarcon, sneaker and streetwear expert at luxury consignment retailer The RealReal.

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While it’s true that big-box retailers and e-commerce giants like Target and Amazon are thriving during the pandemic, so too are lesser-known chains beloved in Middle America.

Áine Cain spent some time in the Midwest recently to see firsthand how brands like Big Lots, Tractor Supply, and Harbor Freight Tools, among others, have fared during the pandemic. 

Harbor Freight Tools, for example, has seen massive growth. The company opened 87 stores already this year, and plans to open an additional 19 more before the end of 2020. Though the company is based in California, it has a significant presence in the Midwest. 

“As we grow our store teams, we’re growing our corporate and supply chain teams as well,” a Harbor Freight Tools spokesperson told Aine. “We have been able to attract great candidates because we offer very competitive pay and benefits as well as opportunities for meaningful career growth and advancement.”

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With coronavirus rates on the rise, demand for virtual fitness remains higher than ever as Americans seek alternatives to gyms and studios.

Peloton recently reported a 232% increase in sales and demand is still so high that the company remains backlogged with orders. (Also notable: It just recently announced a massive partnership with Beyoncé.) 

According to Peloton CEO John Foley, the bikes are such a hot commodity that the company is

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Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers receive $5 million NIH grant to study HIV and HPV cancers in Africa

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November 13, 2020–(BRONX, NY)–A team of scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine has received a five-year, $4.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a research center to investigate HIV- and human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers in Africa.

The HIV-Associated HPV-related Malignancies Research Center will build on Einstein-led efforts that have already improved research, clinical, and laboratory capacity in Rwanda. More than 200,000 people in Rwanda have HIV, and women have a higher burden of the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, cervical cancer, which is caused by HPV and which women with HIV are at greater risk of developing, is one of the two most common malignancies among Rwandan women. HPV is also linked to the development of anal, penile, and head and neck cancers.

The grant will enable Einstein researchers and their partners to expand the Rwandan programs and launch similar initiatives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). These efforts will help improve health outcomes for millions of Africans living with HIV whose incidence of diseases, including cancer, is increasing as they live longer due to effective HIV therapies.

“We aim to develop a cadre of Rwandan and DRC scientific leaders and build the necessary physical and administrative infrastructure to launch and sustain this project,” said Kathryn Anastos, M.D., lead investigator on the grant and a member of the Albert Einstein Cancer Center, which has supported previous work in Rwanda, including efforts to bring Rwandans to the United States to train.

“Our new NIH-funded center in Africa will serve as a national and regional resource hub for research, training, and career development for those studying the epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of HPV-associated malignancies in people living with HIV,” added Dr. Anastos, who is professor of medicine, of epidemiology & population health, and of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health at Einstein and an internist at Montefiore Health System.

Dr. Anastos is recognized internationally for her clinical and investigative work in HIV-infected women, and she has long been involved in leading complex multi-faceted research projects in the United States and Rwanda. Other principal investigators on the grant are Adebola Adedimeji, Ph.D., M.B.A., research associate professor of epidemiology & population heath, and Marcel Yotebieng, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine, both from Einstein, and Leon Mutesa, M.D., Ph.D., professor of human genetics and director of the Center for Human Genetics at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences-University of Rwanda. The Einstein team includes more than a dozen other faculty members from a range of departments and specialties, including several from the Albert Einstein Cancer Center. They will partner with three African institutions: University of Rwanda, Rwanda Military Hospital, and Université Protestante au Congo.

The grant will support two research projects. One is the first population-based assessment of the effectiveness of HPV vaccination in women living with HIV. The study also will compare the HPV

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New medicine reduced risk for heart failure emergencies, hospital visits

Embargoed until 10:35 a.m. CT/11:35 a.m. ET, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

DALLAS, Nov. 13, 2020 — Omecamtiv mecarbil, a new, investigational heart medication, reduced the risk of heart failure-related events in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, according to late-breaking research presented today at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. The virtual meeting is Friday, November 13 – Tuesday, November 17, 2020, and is a premier global exchange of the latest scientific advancements, research and evidence-based clinical practice updates in cardiovascular science for health care worldwide. The manuscript of this study is simultaneously published today in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Ejection fraction is a measurement of the proportion of blood the heart pumps out with each contraction. Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, or HFrEF, occurs when the left ventricle, the heart’s largest pumping chamber, loses its ability to contract normally. The heart can’t pump with enough force to push blood into circulation. An ejection fraction of 40% or less is used to define HFrEF. For this study, an EF of ? 35% was required.

The GALACTIC-HF (Global Approach to Lowering Adverse Cardiac Outcomes Through Improving Contractility in Heart Failure) study assessed omecamtiv mecarbil, an investigational medication that was granted “fast track” designation as a new heart failure treatment option by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May 2020.

Omecamtiv mecarbil binds to cardiac myosin, the protein in the heart that transforms chemical energy into mechanical work, thus powering muscle contraction. In previous studies, it was found to improve cardiac function by increasing the effectiveness by which myosin interacts with actin, another protein involved in heart muscle contraction.

“Omecamtiv mecarbil is the first in a class of heart medicines called myotropes that selectively target cardiac muscle to improve cardiac performance,” said John R. Teerlink, M.D., lead author of the study, director of heart failure and of the Echocardiography Laboratory at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco. “In the phase 2 study that led to GALACTIC-HF, omecamtiv mecarbil increased measures of cardiac performance and function. GALACTIC-HF focused on evaluating the effect of this potential medication on outcomes in patients with chronic heart failure.”

GALACTIC-HF was a phase 3, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The study enrolled more than 8,000 patients in 35 countries with chronic heart failure who were either currently hospitalized for heart failure or with a recent history of hospitalization or emergency department visit for heart failure within one year prior to screening.

Participants were predominantly male (79%) and white* (78%), with an average age of 66 years and average ejection fraction of 27%. In addition:

62% had coronary artery disease;

  • 40% had Type 2 diabetes;
  • 70% had high blood pressure;
  • 36% had chronic kidney disease; and
  • 25% were hospitalized at the time of enrollment.

* While only 7% of participants self-reported as Black, more Black patients were enrolled in GALACTIC-HF than in any contemporary, international heart failure trial.

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New law on medicine regulation on the cards

Used blister packets that contained medicines, tablets and pills are seen, in this picture illustration taken on June 30, 2018 Reuters

Life term for drug malpractice likely

The government has been working on introducing a fresh law soon with tougher punishments, including life-term imprisonment to prevent malpractice by producing, storing and selling counterfeit or adulterated medicines.

The new draft “Drug Act 2019” is now undergoing some last minute corrections at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare following consultations with government organizations and stakeholders, sources said.

The bill, written in Bangla, is being prepared by merging and updating the Drug Act 1940 and Drug (control) Ordinance, 1982.

The 1940 act and the 1982 ordinance focus on drug quality. The 1940 act does not say anything about drug adulteration.

The National Drug Policy 2016 had suggested the fresh law as existing policies, laws, and relevant rules had become insufficient and unable to control and monitor different systems of medicine manufacturing, quality-control, sale, distribution, storage, import, and export.

The maximum punishment under the Drug (control) Ordinance, 1982 is currently 10 years of imprisonment.

The envisaged law will have revised and increased punishment for some other offences to make it more stringent than the existing law.

Very few instances of punishment

Surprisingly, examples of awarding 10-year rigorous jail terms by the court for drug adulteration in Bangladesh are very few so far.

The first one was awarded in July, 2014 to an owner and two officials of Adflame Pharmaceuticals in a case filed over the deaths of 76 children from adulterated drugs in the 1990’s. In the next year six BCI Pharmaceuticals officials faced the same punishment.

However, an official of Polychem Laboratories Limited was jailed for only one year in 2019 following a prolonged legal battle for 26 years.

The BCI, Adflame Pharmaceuticals, Polychem Laboratories, and Rex Pharma reportedly used industrial toxic chemical Di-Ethylene Glycol in their respective brands of paracetamol.

In November 2016, the court acquitted all five officials of Rid Pharmaceuticals Ltd in a case filed for manufacturing toxic paracetamol syrup that killed 28 children across Bangladesh in 2009.

What the authorities say

The government earlier asked the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) to come up with a draft. It prepared the draft copy with proposals and sent it to the ministry. Dhaka Tribune has acquired a copy of the draft.

Responding to Dhaka Tribune’s query, DGDA Director Major General Md Mahbubur Rahman confirmed that the directorate general had sent the draft copy to the Health Ministry to be placed before the cabinet for approval.

“This law is very important for the drug sector. We have merged contents from the existing ordinance, the act, and added some new sections to make this law up-to-date. Before drafting this law we got opinions from all of our stakeholders. Now we are waiting for its approval,” he said.

The Secretary of the Health Services Division of the Health Ministry, Md Abdul Mannan, said: “This law is badly needed to make our drug

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