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

Pooja Khaitan


There is an urgent need to build awareness amongst the health professionals and Patients to make the reporting system popular and efficient.
Partnership for Safe Medicines ( PSM) India is organizing a National Training Workshop on “Secured Medicines & Robust Pharmacovigilance - Key to Patient Safety & Health” , in collaboration with Government of India, State Governments, Consumer Organisations and Pharmaceutical Industry
On 23rd August at Bangalore and 26th August 2013 at Mumbai
This training initiative is to further strengthen the system and enable the healthcare providers to use the infrastructure effectively. It has been observed that Patients hardly report ADRs ( adverse drug reactions ) and the hospitals, doctors and nursing staff are also unaware about such facilities in the interest of the patients and Science of medication.
We look forward to your registering with us and being a part of this event .
BE SAFE ! BE SECURE ! See you at our event !

Best wishes ,

Pooja Khaitan
Chief Editor ,
Partnership for Safe Medicines India.


Do not ignore your symptoms if you experience side effects from a new dose of your prescription.
Did you experience any adverse effects, or did treatment not work at all? Is there anything unusual in your body's reaction compared to previous experiences, such as a stomach ache or headache? This could be a sign that the drug you took contained a different compound than it was supposed to or did not contain any genuine drug at all.

Dose of the day
Call PSM India toll free helpline 1800 - 11- 4424, to bring cases of spurious medicines or any kind of adverse drug reaction to the notice of the authorities.
To register a complaint kindly visit our consumer redressal website www.consumerconexion.org
Upcoming Events

National Training Workshop on “Secured Medicines & Robust Pharmacovigilance - Key to Patient Safety & Health” Organised By Government of India and State Governments Managed By Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India Initiative on 23rd August at Bangalore and 26th August 2013 at Mumbai

World Drug Safety Conference
When: September 10-12, 2013
Where: London, UK
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Partnership for Safe Medicines Interchange
When: October 24, 2013
Where: Washington, DC
Description: Click here>>>

National Injections
Kerala becomes first state in India to have pharmacy inspectors in all its districts
CHENNAI, Aug 2013: Kerala is getting the distinction to be the first state in the country to have pharmacy inspectors in all the districts for strict enforcement of Pharmacy Act 1948. Government of Kerala in last week accorded sanction to appoint seven more pharmacy inspectors on a proposal submitted by the state pharmacy council.
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FDA Suspends Drug Inspector
PUNE, Aug 2013: In a first, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended a drug inspector and issued show cause notices to a joint commissioner and an assistant commissioner for neglecting duty.

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Over 22 lakh tablets, including banned drug, seized
PATIALA, AUG 2013: In one of the major drug recoveries in the state in recent years, the Patiala police claimed to have seized over 22 lakh tablets of various formulations, including 2.8 lakh tablets of banned drug, near Shambhu barrier on Monday. The drugs were seized from a truck coming from Delhi to Ludhiana by a joint team of drug authorities and the district police.
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Rs.19 lakh worth phensedyl seized at Bangladesh border
NEW DELHI, Aug 2013: The Border Security Force (BSF) seized a huge consignment of phensedyl valued Rs.19 lakh at the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura, a BSF official said Tuesday. The consignment was seized from east Barjala area in Tripura Monday during a joint operation by police and BSF's 29 and 89 battalions on specific information.
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FIR for alleged illegal sale and distribution of Spasmoproxyvon Capsules
MUMBAI, Aug 2013: The Maharashtra Foods & Drugs Administration (FDA) has registered a first information report (FIR) in Pune against Wockhardt’s clearing and forwarding outlets (entities responsible for maintaining stocks of the company’s products and forwarding to stockists on request) for the alleged illegal sale and distribution of spasmoproxyvon capsules.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
Ban lifted, diabetes drug will now come with a warning

MUMBAI, Aug 2013: Following a series of protests from doctors across the country, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has after several rounds of meetings finally revoked the June 18 ban on the antidiabetic drug pioglitazone. An insulin sensitizer, the drug is considered by experts to be the most effective of its kind, provided it is administered in the correct dosage.

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Thermometers and other Mercury-based medical products to be banned in Kerala

KOCHI, 2013: Kerala health department and Pollution Control Board (PCB) have just started taking measures to minimize the use of mercury and eventually stop using instruments based on it like thermometers and BP apparatus (sphygmomanometer).

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Global Injections
US FDA warns on vitamin supplement containing steroids, cites risks

MARYLAND, 2013: A vitamin B dietary supplement called B-50 contains two anabolic steroids and has been cited as causing unusual hair growth in women and impotence in men, U.S. health regulators said on Friday, warning consumers to avoid the product.

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Sharp Rise in Emergency Department Visits Involving Zolpidem

ROCKVILLE, 2013: A new report shows that the number of emergency department visits involving adverse reactions to the sleep medication zolpidem rose nearly 220 percent from 6,111 visits in 2005 to 19,487 visits in 2010. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report also finds that in 2010 patients aged 45 or older represented about three-quarters (74 percent) of all emergency department visits involving adverse reactions to zolpidem.

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Pharma Injections
Anti-fungal medicine can make malaria drugs deadlier

ONE of the most challenging features of malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum is its ability to evolve and render anti-malarial drugs ineffective. The emergence of multidrug resistant strains of the parasite in South-East Asia and other tropical countries in recent years is undermining international efforts to eradicate malaria. So much so that in April the WHO announced investing $400 million to combat resistant strains of the debilitating disease.

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Pharmacies are requested to withdraw sold stock from the market in the interest of public health.
You are also requested to stop sale/distribution of said drugs and send details regarding balance stock and details regarding stock received from the market of the said drugs.

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