The Prescription: 17th April 2017 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan


Welcome to yet another edition of our newsletter.

There's been a sharp increase in the number of drug-resistant cases. A rising number of infections such as tuberculosis and gonorrhea are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective. Each year around 700,000 people in the world die from drug-resistant strains of common bacterial infections including 200,000 newborns who die from infections that don't respond to antibiotic treatment.

Antibiotic-resistant infections have become significant threats to citizens. Antibiotics are the most valuable resource, we must use antibiotics wisely to prevent the menace of antibiotic resistant cases. Read more on it in this issue of PSM-India Capsules.


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"The successful outcome of the WHO-conducted assessment of National Regulatory Authority (NRA) is a big boost to the government’s efforts towards quality healthcare, for which it is committed."

J.P. Nadda
Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare

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Use Antibiotics Responsibly

Antibiotics are a valuable resource. Since their discovery, they have saved lives and enabled huge developments in medicine and surgery. For instance, cancer treatments and organ transplantation would be impossible if there were no reliable antibiotics to treat patients with infection who are Immunosuppressed. Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem, both in India and around the world. An estimated around 700,000 people in the world die each year from drug-resistant strains of common bacterial infections including 200,000 newborns who die from infections that don't respond to antibiotic treatment. Antibiotic resistance in children is of major concern because they have the highest rates of antibiotic use and often have fewer antibiotic choices since some antibiotics cannot be prescribed to children.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
PMO is closely watching prices of drugs, stents and other controlled products: DCGIChennai, April 2017: The office of the prime minister (PMO) is closely monitoring the prices of drugs, coronary stents and other medical technology products across the country, said Dr. G.N. Singh, Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). He said this while speaking at the 'technical seminar' organised by the Madhya Pradesh state branch of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) in association with Department of Pharmaceuticals. He was speaking on the subject, 'expectation of regulators from industry regarding WHO-GMP'.Read More
Union government releases draft guidance on eliminating renewal of licenses for manufacture; industry to comment before May 15 Bengaluru, April, 2017: Union government has released a Draft Gazette Notification GSR 319 (E) dated March 31, proposing to remove requirement of renewal of all types of licenses to manufacture for sale or distribution of drugs & cosmetics. The regulatory authority expects the industry to share their objections and suggestions before May 15.Read More
DCGI directs state drug controllers to strictly control manufacture, sale and distribution of oxytocinMumbai, April, 2017: The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has directed the state drug controllers to maintain strict regulatory control over manufacture, sale and distribution of oxytocin and to curb its misuse by the manufacturers, especially where stoppage of production of oxytocin has been ordered for various reasons including non-compliance to GMP, GLP and GDP. Read More
DoP panel to review scope of DPCO, 2013 and to suggest ways for strengthening regulatory provisionsMumbai, April, 2017: The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has constituted a high level committee under Joint Secretary (Policy), DoP, to review the scope of the Drugs (Price Control) Order, 2013 (DPCO, 2013), and to suggest ways for strengthening the regulatory provisions of the order for ensuring enhanced accessibility of drugs to the poor patients in the country. The panel has also been asked to recommend measures to be taken for making pricing policy more in favour of poor patient's affordable medicare and health security. Read More
Gujarat FDCA detects 8 cases of non-compliance to NPPA's ceiling price norms on cardiac stentsMumbai, April 2017: The Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) has detected 8 private hospitals in Ahmedabad for non-compliance to National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) ceiling price norms which stipulate prices of coronary stents at Rs.7,260 for bare metal ones and Rs.29,600 for drug eluting variety with effect from February 14, 2017. Read More
NPPA revises ceiling prices of 728 scheduled formulations of Schedule-I under DPCO Amendment Order, 2016Mumbai, April, 2017: Drug pricing regulator National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has revised ceiling prices of 728 scheduled formulations of Scheduled-I under Drug (Price Control) Amendment Order, 2013. Read More
Pharma Injections
Smoking causes 11% deaths in 2015; India among top 4 countriesNew Delhi, April 2017: More than one in 10 deaths globally was caused due to smoking in 2015 and over 50 per cent of them took place in just four countries, one of which was India, a new study said. Over 11 per cent of 6.4 million deaths worldwide was caused by smoking in 2015 and 52.2 per cent of them took place in China, India, USA, and Russia, according to the latest estimates in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study published in medical journal The Lancet.Read More
120 million Indians to be diabetic in next 20 yearsNew Delhi, April 2017: India, which currently has 70 million people with diabetes, will have 120 million suffering from the chronic condition in next 20 years. According to GVS Murthy, Director of Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), India has the second largest number of people with diabetes which is at 70 million, next only to China which has about 110 million.Read More
300 million people suffer from depression: WHO April 2017: More than 300 million people are living with depression, according to the latest estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The UN agency released the estimates ahead of World Health Day. "These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves," Xinhua news agency quoted a WHO news release as saying. Read More
Hepatitis B, C may up risk of Parkinson's April 2017: Hepatitis B and C viruses may both be associated with a significantly increased risk of Parkinson's disease, a new study has found. Hepatitis B is spread through contact with blood and body fluids of an infected person. Hepatitis C is spread through blood-to-blood contact. Read More
Drug Dopes
Updated LIST OF NEW DRUGS APPROVED FROM 01-01-2016 TILL DATE BY NEW DRUGS DIVISION, CDSCO, FDA Bhawan, New Delhi List of New Drug Approved by FDA Read More
Shigella vaccine to be developed by 2024 April 2017: Hilleman Laboratories has signed an MoU with National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) organization for development and commercialization of the Shigella vaccines and other enteric vaccines for diarrheal diseases. Read More
Cipla receives US FDA approval for generic Epzicom tabs April 2017: The tablets in combination with other antiretroviral agents are used for the treatment of HIV-1 infection. Cipla received final approval for its ANDA for Abacavir and Lamivudine tablets USP, 600 mg/300 mg, from the US FDA. Read More
Drug wing of Health Department seizes medicines Amritsar, April 2017: In the seizures made by the drug wing of the Health Department in the past 24 hours, it has seized medicines worth around Rs 2 lakh in two separate instances where shopkeepers failed to produce records pertaining to the stock. Read More
BSF seizes 725 Phensedyl bottles near Indo-Bangla border Kolkata, April 2017: The BSF has seized 725 bottles of Phensedyl near the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal's Nadia district, an official statement said on Wednesday. Read More
National Injections
New Bill on mental illness sets an empowering tone Mumbai, April 2017: The Mental Health Bill passed in the Lok Sabha after almost a six-year-long wait is expected to revive the way mental illnesses are dealt with in the country. While the Bill has been termed as progressive by the fraternity, a particular clause that emphasises on advanced directive from the patient has been debated widely. Read More
AIIMS to train doctors to help autistic people avail benefits New Delhi, April 2017: The Centre along with AIIMS will train doctors in use of diagnostic tools for issuing disability certificates to people with autism to help them avail benefits under various schemes.Read More
20 people develop blur vision after treatment at GTB hospital New Delhi, April 2017: Twenty people developed blurred vision after they were injected allegedly with contaminated medicine in their eyes at Delhi government's Guru Teg Bahadur hospital. Read More
Raid on hospital run by doctor without degree ALWAR, APRIL 2017: In a raid conducted at a hospital running in a house, health department officials seized injections, vaccines, pregnancy test kits, dilation & curettage (D&C) kits along with boxes of allopathic medicines stored illegally in the hospital run by a fake doctor on Sunday. The fake doctor managed to flee from the spot much before the raids. Read More
Doctor, nurse held for interstate sex determination racket AGRA, APRIL 2017: An interstate sex determination and illegal abortion racket active in Rajasthan and Agra was busted by the police. A lady doctor and her associate have been arrested. In an inter-state decoy operation, officials from the Jaipur government's Pre-conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Cell (PCPNDT), led by inspector Sitaram, went to the Vidya Nursing Home located in the Itimad-ud-daula area of the city. A pregnant woman acting a decoy was taken by an agent to the nursing home for a sex determination test. The team later caught Dr Vidya Gupta and nurse Manorma from the facility. Read More
Resident Doctors to boycott all medical camps NEW DELHI, APRIL 2017: In the wake of the ongoing attacks on resident doctors in government hospitals by certain misguided, misinformed and disgruntled patients and their relatives, and the apathy of the administration, the resident doctors of various government hospitals in Delhi have decided that no doctor will participate in any charitable medical camp. Read More
Doctors find no pulse in baby operated for hole in heart New Delhi, April 2017: Three-month-old Aaradhya Wagh from Dhule, who was born with a hole in heart, miraculously survived after his heart stopped beating for 45 minutes. Read More
Global Injections
Long-term antibiotic use linked to cancer-inducing polyps Boston, April 2017: Long-term use of antibiotics increases the risk of abnormal growths in the colon - known as polyps — that can lead to bowel cancer, researchers said. Read More
Insomnia may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke risk Beijing, April 2017: People suffering from insomnia may have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, new research has warned. Read More

Common plastic chemical may up breast cancer risk

Washington, April 2017: Ladies, take note! A chemical commonly found in hard plastics, currency bills and paper receipts, may increase the aggressiveness of breast cancer, a new study has found. Bisphenol S (BPS) used in the plastic industry, shows the potential for increasing the aggressiveness of breast cancer through its behaviour as an endocrine-disrupting chemical, researchers said.Read More

Low Vitamin D may worsen frailty in menLondon, April 2017: Middle-age men with low levels of vitamin D and hormones associated with muscle and bone building may be more likely to develop decline in muscle mass and strength that causes frailty, a study has found.Read More

Mini female reproductive system may revolutionize drug testingWashington, April 2017: Scientists have developed a miniature female reproductive system that fits in the palm of the hand that could help test drugs for safety and effectiveness in women. The new 3D technology — called EVATAR — is made with human tissue and will enable scientists to conduct much-needed testing of new drugs for safety and effectiveness on the female reproductive system.Read More



A small-scale study in the United Kingdom has found that 75% of the assessed online pharmacies that offer drugs for sale in the UK are unregistered as legitimate pharmacies, and most offer antibiotics without a prescription. This finding could be a serious driver of microbial resistance.

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Former Federal Regulators, Law Enforcement Officials Dispute Rhetoric on Drug Importation Merits, Highlight the Serious Harm Posed to Patient Health.
Washington, D.C. — In one of the strongest challenges to drug importation proposals to date, several former federal law enforcement officials and public health experts warned of serious consequences in opening up the U.S. drug supply to Canada and foreign countries during a panel briefing hosted by the Partnership for Safe Medicines on April 4.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is Sarcoidosis?
Sarcoidosis is the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells (granulomas) in different parts of your body — most commonly the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin.
Doctors believe sarcoidosis results from the body's immune system responding to an unknown substance, most likely something inhaled from the air.
There is no cure for sarcoidosis, but most people do very well with little or only modest treatment. In half of cases, sarcoidosis goes away on its own. In a few cases, however, sarcoidosis may last for years and may cause organ damage. Read More>>>


Digestive problems – Follow these tips to improve digestion!

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Dr. Aakash Thorat, Medical Student, Jabalpur

Digestion is the mechanical and chemical process of breaking down food into the small molecules the body can use. Every cell, tissue and organ in the body depends on nutrient absorption and assimilation of food through healthy digestion. Read More

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