Indian American health researcher alcohol, tobacco

By Live Dr - Mon Jun 29, 8:06 pm

Washington, (IANS) An Indian American doctor has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 202 counts of drug trafficking and related violations that entail a fine in excess of $500,000.
The indictment charges Narendra Kumar Agrawal, 59, of Galion, Ohio with engaging in a scheme to distribute nearly 500,000 tablets of narcotic controlled drugs like Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, Loricet and Xanax to various individuals without a legitimate medical purpose, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

It also charges Agrawal, who maintained a medical office in Galion between 2004 and 2008, with running his Rapid Response Medical Centre to issue invalid and illegal prescriptions for controlled substances.

The indictment charges that an amount in excess of $500,000 is subject to forfeiture as either the proceeds of the charged criminal violations or as facilitating the charged criminal violations.

New Delhi,   (IANS) Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad Friday said he and his family had never “touched” alcohol, tobacco products and drugs, and thus he had no first-hand idea about their effects.
“I have the proud privilege to announce that in my life so far, till today, I haven’t touched alcohol, cigarette, betel and gutkha-putkha. I never allowed my family to touch any of this. So, I don’t know the after-effects of all these,” the health minister said at a function here on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Each year June 26 is observed the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. In New Delhi, the programme was organised by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Azad added that he had seen a number of cases of drug abuse. He also emphasised the need for a national drug abuse control policy.

“At present, there is no national drug abuse control policy. We feel the need for a national policy,” said Azad, highlighting the problems posed by drugs and its linkages with HIV-AIDS.

The health minister also stressed the need to work out a joint strategy to counter the challenges of drug abuse and HIV-Aids.

In his presidential address, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik outlined his ministry’s efforts to fight drug abuse.

With 400 drug de-addiction centres operating in the country with the support of the ministry, the attention was focused on ensuring quality services, he said.

“Effective and appropriate service delivery demands regular professional development of the service providers in terms of skills and strategies for dealing with addiction,” Wasnik said.

D. Napoleon, the minister of state for social justice and empowerment, said the ministry has a three-pronged strategy that includes building awareness and educating people about ill effects of drug abuse.

“Community-based intervention for motivational counselling, identification, treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts and training of volunteers and service providers and other stakeholders with a view to build up a committed and skilled cadre are the strategies,” he said.

By Arun Kumar
Washington,  (IANS) President Barack Obama has appointed Anish Mahajan, an Indian-American internist and health services researcher, as one of the 15 persons to serve as White House Fellows this year.

The 2009-2010 class of White House Fellows represents a diverse cross-section of professions including medicine, business, media, education, non-profit and state government, as well as two branches of the US military, the White House announced Thursday.

“We are thrilled that these exceptional men and women will be joining us here in Washington for the next year,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mahajan, 34, a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a Master of Science in Health Services from the University of California, Los Angeles, “is committed to the ideal that health policy formulation should be informed by scientific evidence and stakeholder engagement,” the White House said.

“He has led innovative research collaborations between academic, government, and relevant stakeholder organizations on an array of domestic and international health policy issues.”

Mahajan has given presentations and published numerous peer-reviewed articles on topics including HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, the private sector response to the South African AIDS epidemic, high-deductible health plans, and adherence to medications for chronic illnesses.

His work has addressed health care challenges in the US, India, and South Africa and he has previously served as a consultant to The Ford Foundation and RAND Corporation.

Dedicated to public service, he is currently serving a 2-year term as a publicly elected council member on a City of Los Angeles neighbourhood council. He is Vice-Chair on the council’s Public Policy Committee.

Mahajan has received a B.A. in Public Policy and M.D. from Brown University. He also earned a M.P.H. in International Health from Harvard School of Public Health.

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, has also served as a White House Fellow under a programme created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.”

Leave a Reply