The Prescription: 17th December 2016 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan


Welcome to yet another edition of our newsletter.

Thousands of people across the country joined together to mark Patient Solidarity Day on 3rd December 2016 with the aim to improve the lives of patients. Thanks to all the Patient’s Organization and Government of India on their enormous support to proclaim that patient-centered universal health coverage is essential and that no-one can be left behind.

The government has collaborated with UNICEF to lead the first-ever national survey to measure nutrition levels of children across the country. A total of 1.2 lakh children in the age group of 0-19 years are being surveyed through systematic random sampling as part of the exercise. Read more about it in this edition of PSM India Capsule.

Persons afflicted with Parkinson's disease and acid attack victims will soon be considered disabled under the law, Assam records 928 new HIV cases and the residents of Haryana will have computerized health cards with medical history and more on Cancer cases increased by 33% between 2005 and 2015 and Honey can treat oral cancer wounds are some of the major articles from National Injection and Pharma Injection


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"Donating organs is a gift and is an altruistic, egalitarian and a moral act. We can turn the ‘end of a life’ into a new beginning with donating our organs. Let organ donation become a national movement and show to the world that even in death we care for our fellow citizens and humanity at large. Organ is a national resource and not even one should be wasted,"

Mr. J P Nadda
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

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Patient Solidarity Day 2016 celebrated

Thousands of people across the country came together to support Patient Solidarity Day on 3rd December 2016, organized by Consumer Online Foundation, PSM-India Initiative and Mata Anandamayee Hospital at BHU, Varanasi.

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The annual report on the completion of one year of the Varanasi initiative of improving Access to Quality Healthcare through Universal Health Coverage was released at the PATIENT SOLIDARITY day event. Do click on the link below to have a detailed review of the report. Click Here to Read

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
100 pharma cos join hands with CDSCO, PvPI to frame guidelines for good PvP practices Mumbai, December 2016: Aimed at ushering in good pharmacovigilance (PV) practices in the country for drug safety, around 100 pharma companies have joined hands with Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) and Pharmaco-vigilance Programme of India (PvPI) to come up a set of exhaustive guidelines on par with the existing global guidelines.Read More
DTAB makes validity of various licences, approvals granted under D&C Rules forever Mumbai, December 2016: The Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) has given green signal for the health ministry's proposal to make amendments in Drugs & Cosmetics Rules, 1945 to make the validity of various licences and approvals granted under the D&C Rules forever unless otherwise suspended or cancelled by the licensing authority. Read More
Government buys time to amend its petition on combo drugs banNEW DELHI, DEC 2016: The Supreme Court has granted the government a month's time to amend its petition to club together all cases filed in various high courts against the ban on hundreds of combination drugs, in light of the Delhi High Court quashing the ban. Read More
FDA Finalizes Guidance on LabelingDecember 2016: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday finalized its guidance for completing the clinical pharmacology section for drug, generic drug and biologic labels. Specifically, the guidance includes detailed descriptions of the data required for the clinical pharmacology section of the labeling for drugs, biologics and generics for new submissions, as well as amendments to a product's labeling. Read More
How and why Delhi High Court revoked ban on 344 popular drugsNew Delhi Dec: On Thursday, the Delhi High Court set aside the Centre's decision to ban 344 fixed dose combination (FDC) medicines, many of them popular drugs that have been household names for years, saying the government had acted in a "haphazard manner". Aneesha Mathur and Abantika Ghosh explain. Read More
Pharma Injections
Honey can treat oral cancer woundsKolkata 2016: After years of research, a group of Indian scientists have found out that the secret formula to treat oral cancer wounds lies in honey. An inter-disciplinary research group comprising chemical engineers, bio-technologists and doctors at IIT Kharagpur have developed a therapeutic patch which is made of silk and embedded with honey.Read More
This flexible heart patch does not need stitchesMelbourne; Dec 2016: Researchers have developed a new polymer patch that can be stuck onto the heart without the need for stitches to improve the conduction of electrical impulses across heart tissue damaged during a heart attack.Read More
Cancer cases increased by 33% between 2005 and 2015: Study Dec 2016: US researchers have found that between 2005 and 2015, cancer cases increased by 33 percent, mostly due to population aging and growth plus changes in age-specific cancer rates. Read More
This new tool may improve breast cancer surgery Dec 2016: Researchers have developed a new cost-effective and portable pH-sensitive optical fibre to distinguish breast cancer tissue from normal tissue, a finding that can potentially help surgeons to be much more precise when removing breast cancer. Read More
Diabetes may have a new cure in Platypus venom Adelaide, Dec 2016: A hormone produced in the venom of platypus -- an egg-laying mammal native to Australia -- can pave the way for potential new treatments for Type 2 diabetes in humans, researchers have found. Read More
Epilepsy drugs may increase birth defect risk Nov 2016: Exposure to certain anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) during pregnancy may put women at higher risk of having a child with a malformation, or birth defect, says a study. 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
CPL Biologicals launches ‘Cadiflu-S’ - a vaccine for Seasonal Influenza Mumbai 2016: CPL Biologicals has set up the vaccine facility at Dholka near Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, with an initial investment of Rs 100 crore. Read More
Pfizer announces positive results from phase 3 study of Lyrica to treat paediatric epilepsy New York, December 2016: Pfizer Inc. announced positive top-line results of a study that evaluated the use of Lyrica (pregabalin) capsules CV and oral solution CV as adjunctive therapy for paediatric epilepsy patients four to 16 years of age with partial onset seizures. Read More
EU health regulator warns some hep C drugs could reactivate hep B Washington, Dec 2016: The European Medicines Agency warned on Friday that some of the most successful hepatitis C treatments on the market could reactivate hepatitis B in patients, the second time this year it has raised safety concerns over these treatments. Read More
Mizoram health deptt officials seize 52 vials of Hepatitis B vaccines Aizawl Dec 2016: Mizoram Health Department's Food and Drugs Administration officials today seized 52 vials of medicine used by members of some NGOs who were engaged in administering Hepatitis B vaccines to public without permission from the government. Read More
Pfizer withdraws Corex syrup, extends line to new products Aizawl Dec 2016: Mizoram Health Department's Food and Drugs Administration officials today seized 52 vials of medicine used by members of some NGOs who were engaged in administering Hepatitis B vaccines to public without permission from the government. Read More
27 medicines sold by top firms 'fail' quality tests in 7 states New Delhi 2016: In a major crackdown since March this year, the drug regulators of seven states have alleged that 27 medicines - sold by 18 major drug companies in India including Abbott India, GSK India, Sun Pharma, Cipla and Glenmark Pharma - are of "substandard" quality, citing grounds such as false labelling, wrong quantity of ingredients, discolouration, moisture formation, failing dissolution test and failing disintegration test. Read More
Common drugs to get OTC tag, antibiotics on prescription only Commonly used medicines for flu and pain relief that are available over the counter (OTC) despite some being "prescription only", will now be put on a specific OTC list while a legal framework will set out penalties on sale of antibiotics and other high-risk drugs without prescription. Read More
India gets its first 6-in-1 pediatric vaccine Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of French pharmaceutical company Sanofi launched six-in-one vaccine designed for the infants to protect them against six diseases, which includes polio. The vaccine, called Hexaxim, is introduced especially for the infants and toddlers from six weeks to 24 months of age. This will also provide protection against the mentioned major diseases: Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus influenza B and Hepatitis B. Read More
National Injections
Parkinson's, acid attack to be considered disability Dec 2016: Persons afflicted with Parkinson's disease and acid attack victims will soon be considered disabled under law, in what will be a big symbolic act in sensitising citizens towards the plight of such people. Read More
After WHO approval, India to evaluate allowing HIV self-test Dec 2016:The World Health Organisation (WHO) for the first time has recommended HIV self-testing in the privacy of one's home using HIV kit, a move that may result in a major breakthrough in HIV treatment by improving access to diagnosis. Though India now does not allow HIV self-test, the UN agency's guidance has even prompted the health ministry here to evaluate the proposal Read More
Assam records 928 new HIV cases, says ASACS Guwahati, 2016: Assam has recorded 928 new HIV cases with an estimated 12,090 people living with HIV(PLHA) last year, according to Assam State AIDS Control Society (ASACS). Read More
In a first, AIIMS to conduct virtual autopsies using digital X-rays New Delhi, 2016: In a first in Asia, a digital radiological unit has been set up at the AIIMS mortuary to enable doctors conduct virtual autopsies with the help of hightech digital X-rays, which can detect even the minutest clots and fractures invisible to the naked eye. Read More
Six lives saved after Jaypee hospital creates two green corridors Noida, December 2016: Two green corridors were created by Jaypee Hospital, a multi super specialty hospital in Noida, on Saturday to give a new lease of life to six people in the National Capital Region. Read More
India confirms H5N8 bird flu outbreak in Karnataka Bengaluru, 2016: India has reported an outbreak of a highly contagious bird flu virus in Karnataka, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday, citing a report from the Indian agriculture ministry. Read More
Health cards with medical history for all in Haryana CHANDIGARH, Dec 2016: The government has decided to issue computerized health cards to 2.5 crore residents of the state and health data of every individual will be linked with unique identification issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India. "As and when the patient visits a health facility for a second time or goes to another health facility, the record of the patient with all details will be visible to the doctor," said state health minister Anil Vij. Read More
Global Injections
Embryo development 'paused' for up to a month San Francisco 2016: Scientists have found a way to pause the development of early mouse embryos for up to a month in the lab -and later resume normal growth - a finding with potential implications for assisted reproduction, aging and even cancer. Read More
Hemophilia can now be treated by simply swallowing capsule Researchers have developed a less expensive, less painful treatment for hemophilia as the disease can now be cured by simply swallowing a capsule. The researchers describe their system in the issue of the International Journal of Pharmaceutics. Read More

Gut bacteria linked to Parkinson's disease

Los Angeles, December: Scientists have for the first time showed that changes in the gut bacteria may be linked to Parkinson's disease and even cause the deterioration of motor skills that is the hallmark of the disorder.Read More

Antidepressants in pregnancy may up birth defects, stillbirthsLondon; Dec 2016: Taking a specific type of antidepressant in early pregnancy may increase the risk of having babies with birth defects or stillbirths, scientists have warned. Researchers at Swansea University in the UK analysed data from more than 500,000 infants in Wales, Norway and Denmark.Read More

Scientists solve blood clot deaths in cancer patientsWellington 2016: New Zealand scientists have unlocked the mystery of why so many cancer patients die of blood clots while undergoing chemotherapy in a study.Read More

729,000 persons vaccinated against cholera in Haiti: WHOGeneva, 2016: The World Health Organization (WHO) said Haiti was nearing the completion of its vaccination campaign against cholera, having reached more than 729,000 people in areas ravaged by Hurricane Matthew.Read More


IOWA oncologist pays $176,460 fine in illegally imported cancer drugs case

Dr. Magdy Elsawy has admitted to no wrongdoing in his settlement, however it was originally alleged he provided non-FDA approved cancer medications to his patients, defrauded Medicare, and provided treatments to patients that were more complex than needed or entirely medically unneeded.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is HIV/AIDS?
AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome and is the final stage of the infection caused by the virus called HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The virus causes severe damage to the immune system. Since 1988, 1st December has been observed as World AIDS Day each year in order to promote awareness about the deadly disease caused by the spread of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection. Read More>>>


World Disability Day

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Dr. Sobha, Psychiatrist, Bangalore

'World Disability Day' or the 'International Day of People with Disability' is celebrated each year on the 3rd December across the globe. The main objective of the day is to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability and also to raise awareness about it. Read More

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