The Prescription: 17th August 2017 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan


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In India, nearly 23 percent of heart failure patients die within a year of diagnosis, a study by International Congestive Heart Failure (INTER-CHF) claims. According to this study, India stands just after Africa, where it accounts for 34 percent. Higher out of pocket expenditure, lack of improved and adequate healthcare infrastructure and lack of awareness of the disease are some of the major contributors to the heart-related diseases. Read the complete study in this issue under PSM-India Capsules.


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Nearly 23% of Heart Failure Patients die within a year of initial Diagnosis

A recent study by The International Congestive Heart Failure (INTER-CHF) reveals that around 23 percent of heart failure patients in India die within the year of diagnosis which is just after Africa where it measures at 34 percent. The study was conducted globally across six geographical regions where of the total deaths caused in patients during the first year of their diagnosis, the rate stood at 46 percent due to cardiac issues while 16 percent was due to non-cardiac issues. The report further says that the death rate of patients due to heart failures stands at 15 percent and 7 percent in Southeast Asia and China respectively while 9 percent in both South America and West Asia which is significantly lower than that of Indian patients.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
New guidelines allowing abortion till 24 weeks 'only in rare cases' may soon be issuedNew Delhi, August 2017: After a suggestion from the PM's office, the Centre has made changes to the previously proposed amendments to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had earlier proposed that the maximum time for abortions be raised from the existing 20 weeks to 24 weeks.Read More
Government intensifies mission Indradhanush to expand coverage Mumbai, August, 2017: Government has stepped up its efforts to increase full immunization coverage, with greater focus on urban areas and pockets where coverage so far has been abysmal. “Health ministry has drawn an aggressive action plan to achieve the target by 2018. States will conduct intensified Mission Indradhanush drives for seven working days from 7th day of every month starting from 7th October 2017 for four consecutive months…” the ministry said in a statement.Read More
NPPA issues Addendum on its Order on ceiling price fixation of coronary stents to redefine 'manufacturer'Mumbai, August, 2017: Even as confusion prevailed on the definition of the word manufacturer as far as implementation of the NPPA's Order S.O. 412(E) dated 13th February, 2017 related to ceiling price fixation of coronary stents under paragraph 19 of the DPCO 2013, the drug price regulator has issued an Addendum on its Order to redefine the word 'manufacturer'. Read More
Experts see draft national guidelines for stem cell research to stall unproven therapies in IndiaBengaluru, August, 2017: Experts see that draft national guidelines for stem cell research could prevent administering unproven cell-based therapies for chronic disease conditions. The government and the regulatory agencies have played a crucial role in the progress of stem cell research in country and it is the policies introduced by these bodies which are responsible in determining the rate of growth of any field of research and development, said BN Manohar, MD & CEO at Stempeutics Research Pvt. Ltd. Read More
AICDF urges DoP to act against drug makers for not recalling expired stocksMumbai, August, 2017: All India Chemists & Distributors Federation (AICDF) has appealed to department of pharmaceuticals (DoP), CDSCO and pollution control boards to initiate action against a number of drug manufacturers and their carrying & forwarding agents (CFAs) for violating drug rules pertaining to recall of expired and damaged stocks from traders. Read More
Pharma Injections
Cesarean deliveries have increased in India: GovernmentNew Delhi, August 2017: The number of cesarean deliveries or C-Section surgeries have increased in the country, which is a matter of concern for all, Health Minister J P Nadda said on Friday. "C-Section (surgeries) have increased, specially in private institutes. It is a matter of concern for all of us," he said during Question Hour. Nadda said there were a number of reasons for increase of C-Section, including personal preference, risk factor, time constraint, among others. "But our efforts are on to bring down the number of C- section. We are initiating the process of counselling," he said.Read More
Inadequate breastfeeding costs India’s economy $14 billion every year: UN ReportNew Delhi, August 2017: Nearly one lakh children die every year in India due to diseases that could have been prevented through breastfeeding, according to a UN report which said mortality and other losses attributed to inadequate breastfeeding could cost the country's economy USD 14 billion.Read More
Not just babies, breastfeeding good for mothers too New Delhi, August 2017: One of the most important aspects of motherhood is breastfeeding the newborn. Breastfed infants have a stronger immune system and are healthier in the longer term. “Although much has been written about the benefits of breastfeeding in infants, what is also true is that it is beneficial for the mothers as well. Ranging from helping in losing post pregnancy kilos to averting the risk of breast cancer, nursing the infant is a win-win situation for both the mother and the baby,” says Dr Nandita Palshetkar. Read More
IIT scientists develop silk mats that could treat arthritis New Delhi, August 2017: Scientists from IIT Guwahati have synthesised mats made of silk-proteins and bioactive glass fibres that they believe can assist the growth of bone cells and repair worn-out joints in arthritis patients. The disease most commonly affects joints in the knees, hips, hands, feet, and spine and is marked by the breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bones. 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
FDA raids 'bogus' doctor in Bhandara distt, seizes medicines worth Rs 5 lakhBhandara, Aug 2017: A team of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) from Nagpur, in co-ordination with the officials from Bhandara and Gondia districts, raided a clinic and a medicine shop run by a 'bogus' doctor Vasant Vishwanath Balbudhe at village Pindkepar in Sakoli tehsil of Bhandara district. Mohan Kekatpure, Joint Commissioner (Drugs), FDA, Nagpur Division, stated in a press release issued on Saturday that the team of FDA officials raided the clinic and adjacent medicine shop run by Vasant Balbudhe. However, neither the clinic nor the medicine shop had any sign-board. Both were being run in a building named Shivneri. Read More
Two arrested for involvement in spurious medicine racket Kolkata, 5 Aug 2017: Hooghly police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in the spurious medicine racket busted from Rishra on Friday. The accused are Karuna Sahu and Gobinda Sahu. Karuna is the owner of the house where the fake medicine racket had been operating for sometime. Read More
BIS defers ban on polyacrylamide Hyderabad, Aug 2017: The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is sitting pretty on the review of a potentially dangerous ingredient currently used in beauty products, allege Hyderabad scientists. Polyacrylamide is a harmful chemical and has proven carcinogenic features. It is used in many beauty products. The Forum against Corruption in Science, an association of Hyderabad based scientists had lodged a complaint against the usage of this chemical in beauty products with the Bureau of Indian Standards. Read More
NPPA fixes prices of 67 formulations of Sch-I under DPCO 2013, retail price of 7 other formulations Mumbai, Aug 2017: Drug pricing regulator National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has fixed ceiling prices of 67 scheduled formulations of Schedule-I under Drugs (Price Control) Order, 2013 as per order dated July 28, 2017. Read More
Banned drugs seized, four held VISAKHAPATNAM, AUG 2017: Banned drugs, worth around ₹7 lakh, were seized and four persons, including a medical shop owner, were taken into custody by the Fourth Town Police at Dondaparthy on Saturday. Read More
National Injections
Centre keen that states should take action against erring private hospitals NEW DELHI, AUG 2017: The Central Government is all for taking adequate steps against erring private hospitals vis-a-vis non maintenance of minimum standards of treatment and for different categories of clinical establishments, the Lok Sabha was told today. Read More
Organ donation up 4-fold in India, but still a long way to go New Delhi, August 2017: The death of a teenager who consumed rat poison after being repeatedly sodomized shook Mumbai last week. The boy fought liver failure in a public hospital as his parents and doctors desperately prayed for an organ. But no matching donor could be found for a liver transplant and the 13-year-old succumbed 13 days later.Read More
64-year-old woman delivers baby boy, two years after death of 31-year-old son New Delhi, August 2017: 64-year-old Chameli Meena from New Delhi delivered a healthy baby boy in March via in-vitro fertilisation. According to a report in Times of India, Jagdish Meena (65) and Chameli lost their 31-year-old son in 2015. The elderly couple opted for IVF treatment after that and baby Armaan was born. "We undergo health check-ups every six months to keep ourselves healthy and available to the child through his growing years," responded Meena when asked about becoming a father again in the mid-60s. Read More
Pakistani baby with rare heart disease treated in Noida Noida, August 2017: A team of doctors here gave a new lease of life to a three-year-old Pakistani child who was suffering from a rare heart disease, found in one among 200,000 children. Read More
Doctors in India witness a rare case of 'fetus-in-fetu' after baby is born 'pregnant' with twin brother! New Delhi, August 2017: The world of medicine has seen and heard it all, but rare cases still have the power to stump the best doctors. In another such rare case, an Indian baby was born 'pregnant' with its twin brother! While half-formed, the male baby – complete with a brain, arms and legs – was discovered by doctors inside his perfectly healthy brother's stomach after he was born. Read More
Global Injections
Ebola can persist in survivor’s semen 2 years after infection Washington, August, 2017: The deadly Ebola virus can persist in the semen of survivors for more than two years after the onset of infection, a study has found. Read More
Common anti-allergy drugs may treat deadly blood clots: study London, August, 2017: Common anti-allergy medicines could prove to be an effective treatment for potentially fatal blood clots in the legs, a study has claimed. Read More

Muscles, not brain, may be behind sleep disorders

Houston, August, 2017: The answer to combat sleep disorders may not be in the brain, say scientists who have found that a protein present in the muscles can lessen the effects of sleep loss..Read More

Source of human heartbeat revealed in 3DLondon, August 2017: Scientists have revealed the source of human heartbeat in unprecedented detail, an advance that may help surgeons repair hearts without damaging precious tissue.Read More

New technology can reverse ageing in human cellsHouston, August, 2017: Scientists have developed a new technology that can reverse ageing and rejuvenate human cells, an advance that may help treat progeria--a disorder that causes children to age too quickly.Read More


Naturopathic Doctor Pleads Guilty To Using Misbranded Drug On Patients

August 9, 2017: The Peninsula Daily News reported that a Port Angeles, WA area naturopathic physician pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce. Richard Marschall prescribed human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) to approximately 60 people for weight loss between February 2014 and February 2017.

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The 4th Most Commonly Prescribed Drug In U.S. Is More Expensive In Canada

August 7, 2017: The occasional overindulgence can give anyone heartburn. However, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) estimates that for approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population, heartburn is a daily occurrence. These people suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a chronic disease that requires proper treatment to avoid long-term damage.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is Cervical Dysplasia?
Cervical dysplasia is a precancerous condition in which abnormal cell growth occurs on the surface lining of the cervix or endocervical canal, the opening between the uterus and the vagina. It is also called cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). Strongly associated with sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, cervical dysplasia is most common in women under age 30 but can develop at any age.
Cervical dysplasia usually causes no symptoms, and is most often discovered by a routine Pap test. The prognosis is excellent for women with cervical dysplasia who receive appropriate follow-up and treatment. But women who go undiagnosed or who don't receive appropriate care are at higher risk of developing cervical cancer. Read More>>>


Infertility in women and IVF

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Dr. Shikha Mathur, IVF & Fertility Specialist, New Delhi

It’s always a pleasure when we welcome a new member to the family who starts a new chapter in the life of a couple as they are going to enjoy parenthood. However, today, the number of couples who are unable to conceive due to several reasons is on the increase. Read More

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