Published: Saturday 15 April 2000

PERFECT IMAGES: A hi-technology, environment-friendly, cost effective medical electronic imager has been introduced by Jindal Photo Films Limited. The FM-DP 3543 employs the 'dry' processing method which is conducive to the environment as it does not require any eco-unfriendly chemicals or water to function. This eliminates cost of chemicals, reduces infrastructure costs and removes the hassles of dark rooms. Designed for the radio diagnostic imaging industry, this state-of-the-art dry imager employs the direct thermal recording process to produce images of high quality. Moreover, the 'dry' processing method offers high image resolution, easy installation and minimum wastage.

NEW VACCINE: Biovac-B, a recombinant vaccine for the prevention of hepatitis-B, was recently launched by the Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company Wockhardt Limited. It is the first product from Wockhardt's joint venture with the German biotechnology company Rhein Biotech GMBH. The product has been developed by the joint venture company Wockhardt Rhein Biopharm Limited through research in India and Germany.

GOING NORTH: Wockhardt has filedan abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for famotidine tablets that help to treatulcers. The product has been manufactured by Wockhardt in collaboration with the US-based Sidmak Laboratories Inc. Under this joint venture with Sidmak, there areplans to launch a series of 15 Wockhardt products in the US market between February 1999 and 2003. The company also plans to launch four oral products this year andbegin production of peptides and oncology drugs.

BURNING BRIGHT: Philips has launched a range of energy-saving Com pact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) under the brand name 'Essential'. Philips claims that this range of CFLs save 80 per cent energy and have a life span of up to two years. Manufactured in daylight colours, the lamps are available in eight and 14 watts and are priced at Rs 215 and Rs 235 respectively.

PROMISING SALES: Carofit, the anti-oxidant drug derived from carrots and manufactured by Ahmedabad-based Ajanta Pharma, has already achieved sales of Rs 1.5 crore. Going by the present trend, company's managing director Purushottam Agarwal said the drug has the potential to sell Rs 25 crore annually. In January, Carofit was awarded a product patent in USA. Agarwal said the company's research centre has also applied for 10 patents, of which four, like Carofit, are drugs derived from natural sources.

A CLEANER TOOTHBRUSH: Ozonex Limited of London has developed an ultra-hygiene Ozone toothbrush. Designed by Jonathan Savitt and dentist Charles Taylor of Britain, the toothbrush has an aperture in the centre of the brush head and this ensures that food debris, plaque and toothpaste residue are flushed through it. "With conventional toothbrushes there is a tendency for saliva, toothpaste, food and bacteria to accumulate. Attempts to clean toothbrushes under a running tap are unsatisfactory as the force of the water drives toothpaste residue and food debris deeper into the bristles," says Taylor. The Ozone toothbrush in designed to ensure cleanliness and improve oral hygiene.

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