Dr. LAL PATHLABS – Winner of “Emerging India Award 2008”
India’s Biggest Business Award
(Health Care Category, Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals)
We are proud to announce that Dr. Lal PathLabs (LPL) is the winner of the prestigious “Emerging India Award 2008”. This award is sponsored by ICICI Bank and CNBC TV 18. The award was presented to LPLat a glittering ceremony held at London on 8th July, 2008 by the British Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. John Hutton. The award was received by Dr. Arvind Lal, Chairman and Managing Director and Dr. Om Manchanda, CEO on behalf of Dr. Lal PathLabs. The function was attended by a large number of business leaders from around the world that included Mr. L. N. Mittal, Chairman of the biggest steel company in the world, Arcellor Mittal, Shri Kamal Nath, Union Minister of Commerce and many others.
The award is given in 15 different business categories and this year there were a record number of three lakh contestants to choose from! The Emerging India Award is India’s biggest business award that is given to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s), the emerging India’s dynamic new growth drivers.
The awards are given to honour India’s most globally competitive SME’s. These companies are not only selected for being the best in their respective fields but should epitomize the best practices in their Business Operations also. CRISIL, the nation’s leading credit rating agency, were the auditors for the award and the winners had to go through three rounds of a grueling selection process. This award is in its fourth year of being instituted and creates a global mark with its theme ‘Think Global Go Global.’ By winning this award, it creates a landmark for LPL that shall propel its service to the next level of growth across the country. This is a dual honour for the lab, one for being the best in the field of Laboratory Medicine and the other for being a top company that has the best business processes.
The lab has an envious record for being the highest accredited lab in India. Out of approximately 40,000 laboratories in the country, only about 100 are recipients of the coveted NABL accreditation. LPL is proud to be the only laboratory services provider in India whose eight labs are accredited. The lab is also the pioneering lab to be awarded the prestigious CAP (College of American Pathologists) accreditation. Currently LPL runs 31 laboratories all over India that are supported by nearly 26 Patient Service Centres (PSC’s), 650 other Collection Centres and a record number of 1,500 pick-up points (PUP’s) from other labs, doctors clinics, nursing homes and prestigious hospitals. It has the largest test menu in India of more than 1,650 tests and panels and has more than 55 pathologists and 1,200 other staff on its rolls.
FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
“The report is wrong” – is a common response to sterile pyuria – not an uncommon laboratory finding. The article on this topic explores the major causes of sterile pyuria, including infectious, systemic, structural and physiologic, and drug-related causes. It also discusses the differential diagnosis and the basic workup of sterile pyuria. So the next time we are faced with such a report we can go beyond the thought that the lab goofed up.
The issue of drug abuse in the workplace, in schools or at home is an unpleasant one to face. Most deny that the problem exists; others feel sure that they would be able to recognize the problem when and if it occurred. However, taking the appropriate steps to understand the impact of alcohol and drug abuse will help eliminate a slew of negative consequences. Physicians have an opportunity to identify substance abusers years before they have medical complications or present for drug treatment. Occult substance abuse can be effectively identified by screening questions and careful attention to clinical indicators during the history and physical examination.
Drug testing though not undertaken as a stand-alone response to a drug problem is a component of broader prevention, intervention and treatment programs, with the common goal of reducing drug abuse. The results of a positive drug test should be used to intervene through counseling and follow-up testing.
All of us feel an immense pride in being a part of LPL, the proud winner of the Emerging India Awards- 2008 in the Health care category (pharmaceuticals and chemicals). This creates another landmark for LPL, poised to take its service to the next level of growth across the country.
It is indeed encouraging to read your appreciative feedback to the previous issue of INSIGHT and we continue to look forward to your valuable views and suggestions.
Dr. REENA NAKRA
Chief of Lab and Zonal Lab Operations Head –South, East and West Zone