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Editor's Emulsion

Pooja Khaitan




Spurious drugs have emerged as a dark area in the Indian Healthcare industry. Safety and quality control are keys to eliminate this menace and this goal will surely require concentrated and collaborative efforts of all stakeholders .
In this issue we feature the importance of a good pharmacist in dispensing medicines according to the doctor’s prescription , doctors to prescribe drugs with generic names , highlighting cases through the drug alert system by CDSCO and many over the counter medicines being stopped finally .
Its time for all to come together and make the vision of an all-inclusive healthy India a reality in the year ahead !
Lets Pledge towards SAFE Medicines , SAFE NATION !!

Pooja Khaitan


(We welcome your valuable suggestions and news articles. Please feel free to write to me at pooja@safemedicinesindia.in )
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India Chapter of Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) Advocates Uniform Standards for Drugs with Tracing and Tracking System
NEW DELHI, 15 Feb, 2013: For the first time in India as a pilot, patients can get their medicines tested in accredited Government-approved laboratories at extremely low cost with support from Partnership for Safe Medicines India Initiative.
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FDA issues 'stop-sale' notices to 31 chemists
PUNE, FEB, 2013: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued 'stop -sale' notices to owners of 31 medical stores in the city for not employing a pharmacist, a mandatory requirement for a medical store The officials have inspected 86 medical stores in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad during a drive that started on January 24.
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Over the counter(OTC)sale of 40 more drugs to be stopped by GOVT.

NEW DELHI, FEB, 2013: Some 40 drugs will soon be notified under a new schedule, H1, of Drugs and Cosmetics Act to make it mandatory for chemists to maintain a register of their sales and retain a copy of the prescription. This will be in addition to the schedule H drugs which, too, can’t be sold without prescription.

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Doctors to prescribe drugs with generic names

CHENNAI, Feb, 2013: At a time when the medical practitioners across the country are airing divergent opinions on Medical Council of India (MCI)'s recent directive regarding generic prescription of medicines, Dr M C Gupta, medico-legal consultant and former professor and dean at the National Institute of Health & Family Welfare,

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Planning Commission calls for steps to strengthen regulatory systems in States

NEW DELHI , Feb, 2013: Planning Commission has called for urgent steps to strengthen the regulatory systems in the health sector by the States, where most of the implementation rests, but urged the Centre to take the lead action to prompt the States.

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Fingerprints used to Identify fake herbal medicines

Academics have developed a chromatographic fingerprinting method for spotting adulterants in herbal medicines and supplements. Researchers proposed the process in the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry as a riposte to counterfeit herbal medicines and supplements. Analysis shows some of these pills contain adulterants - such as pharmaceutical ingredients - but improved detection is needed.

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Study on Drugs Available in India for Compliance with Regulations Pertaining to Pharmacopeial Standards and Spurious Drugs
By Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India Initiative
It must be made clear that the study is not intended for prosecution and does not take into account Indian medicines circulating in international market.

The overall objective of a Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) is to ensure that medicinal products are of acceptable quality and manufactured and distributed in ways, which ensure their quality until they reach the patient/consumer, and their commercial promotion is accurate.

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How fake drugs cause the spread of untreatable TB in developing countries
Contributed by: Mark Grayson, Deputy Vice President, International Public Affairs PHRMA, 950 F st. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-835-3465, mgrayson@phrma.org

In December 2011, Dr. Zarir Udwadia, one of India’s leading tuberculosis doctors, reported in a medical journal that he had four tuberculosis patients that were resistant to all treatment, The Wall Street Journal reported. By January, he had a dozen such cases, and 15 soon after.

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