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PSM India 17th April Newsletter
News Archive
Editor's Emulsion

As we celebrated WORLD HEALTH Day on 7th April, World Health Organisation (WHO) called for a renewed focus on vector control and better provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene .
PSM India Iniitiative too with other leading consumer organisations of India gathered to focus on the urgent need for preventing vector-borne diseases in India and the need for improving access to quality healthcare, which is a constitutional right of every Indian Citizen. We lost our legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra to Dengue last year while it was because of Dengue again that noted actor Ranveer Singh suffered a severe infection . A detailed report of our highly successful event in Mumbai on 7th April which focussed on these vector borne diseases is put forth to our readers under PSM PILL.
We are victims of disease because of lack of awareness about hygiene, good pharmacy practices and access to quality healthcare.
The Model Prescription format for the state of Maharashtra was formally issued by Hon’ble Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. This format includes doctor’s full name , qualification, registration number , patient’s details , name of the generic or its equivalent along with the dosage instructions, doctor’s signature, stamp and “supplied” stamp by the pharmacist . This is exactly the need of the hour and we hope the entire country comes under this format . As an aware consumer and a nobel pharmacist we must look out for all these indications in our prescription as well.

If you have any suggestions, comments or queries, please email me at pooja@safemedicinesindia.in.
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Happy Reading !
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy !

Pooja Khaitan
Chief Editor ,
PSM NEWZ
Partnership for Safe Medicines India.

Dose of the day

"Access to Quality Healthcare is a Constitutional Right of every citizen of India!! ”

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National Injections
Kashmiris have consumed large stocks of fake medicines: DFCO
SRINAGAR, April, 2014: What may have caused major health complications among people in Kashmir, large stocks of substandard medicines have been consumed in the Valley, a report by Drug and Food Controller Organization (DFCO) has revealed.
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Emphasis on providing patients with affordable medicines: Generic drugs not always a cheaper alternative
PUNE, APRIL 2014: Swapping brand-name medicines for generic alternatives can save a lot of money, but there should be compromise in quality. Now, citing that quality medicines are available at cheaper rates, Pune District Chemist Association (PDCA) asserted that instead of emphasising on generics, importance should be given on providing patients with affordable medicines.

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Maharashtra FDA seizes drugs worth Rs 2 crore in crackdown on online export racket
MUMBAI, APRIL 2014: The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) crackdown on export of prescription drugs, including addictive anti-depressants, anti-hypertensives and those containing Sildenafil Citrate (a key component in drugs for erectile dysfunction including Viagra, also used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension), has shifted gears despite most FDA officials being on election duty.
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Haryana drug authority to inspect Nimesulide-paracetamol pills
CHANDIGARH, APRIL 2014: News of nimesulide and paracetamol tablets being branded as NaMo and Ragaflam has not gone down well with the Food And Drug Authority (FDA) of Haryana. A team of inspectors reached the distributor of drugs in Gurgaon on Saturday and took samples to ensure that they were not substandard.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
DCGI gives more time on relabelling requirements of imported drugs

NEW DELHI, 2014: The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has given three months more for the companies to comply with the relabelling norms for imported drugs, after the industry expressed concerns on the enhanced rules and tightened norms.

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Regulator imposes limits on use of 2 Over the counter (OTC) painkillers

NEW DELHI, April 2014: In a move that could affect sales of drug majors like Wockhardt, Lupin, Glenmark and Ranbaxy, the regulator has restricted usage of painkillers tramadol and tapentadol. Based on the recommendations of the new drug advisory committee, the usage of these two drugs — and their fixed dose combinations — has been limited to severe acute pain for a period not exceeding five days since these medicines have potential for respiratory depression and addiction.

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Global Injections
EDQM launches new database to assist authorities in the fight against counterfeit/falsified medical products

STRASBOURG, 2014: As part of its anti-counterfeiting activities, the EDQM is pleased to announce the launch of a new database called “Know-X”. This database collates reports on counterfeit/falsified medical products that have been detected in Council of Europe member states.

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Glaxosmithkline Recalls Alli®

On March 27, 2014 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare issued a recall on all alli® weight loss products from U.S. and Puerto Rico retailers due to evidence that some of the packages have been tampered with.

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Pharma Injections
AIIMS life-saving drugs are of substandard quality: HoD to chief

NEW DELHI, 2014: The head of the department of anaesthesiology at AIIMS has written to the medical superintendent of the hospital over “poor quality of life-saving drugs” after her husband suffered reactions from two drugs provided by the hospital. The second drug prednisolone was administered to control the reaction from the first drug. It is a common drug used to treat inflammatory and auto immune conditions.

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Atorvastatin being sold at higher prices after tweaking prescribed dosage

MUMBAI, April 2014: Some of the pharmaceutical companies are understood to be selling more essential medicines at higher prices after altering the therapeutic dosages just to evade Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) as in the recent case of paracetamol formulations. Atorvastatin, a cholesterol drug, is being marketed in dosage forms of 20 mg and 40 mg as against the 10 mg dosage prescribed by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority.

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PSM Pill

Partnership for Safe Medicines India Initiative, Consumer Online Foundation and other emminent consumer organisations in Mumbai Celebrate WORLD HEALTH DAY 7th April ,2014

Stress on the Need for Right to Access Quality Health Care

7th April 2014 | Mumbai : On World Health Day 2014, World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling for a renewed focus on vector control and better provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene. At an event in Mumbai at the Dadar Club, Consumer Online foundation along with other leading consumer organisations of India gathered to focus on the urgent need for preventing vector-borne diseases in India and the need for improving access to quality healthcare, which is a constitutional right of every Indian Citizen.

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