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

The Health Ministry is planning to revise the present guidelines for taking action on samples of drugs declared spurious or not of standard quality. This is truly the need of the hour. People supplying fake, sub-standard or falsified and spurious medicines in the market, deserve much severe punishment. More so the manufacturers are the real culprits. They deserve punishment equivalent to a murderer. They are playing with consumers’ lives. The outcome of fake medicines many a times results in the death of patients. Read our newsletter to find out more on Government drug policy issues.
As an aware consumer, we must keep our senses alert while purchasing medicines and consuming them. Under our section PSM PILL, we advise you to closely examine the appearance of your medication before consumption.
Our team takes great effort in bringing you news from various quarters. Hope you enjoy our latest issue.

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Happy Reading !
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy !

Pooja Khaitan
Chief Editor ,
Partnership for Safe Medicines India.

Dose of the day

"If any food supplements claim to have medicinal properties, efficacy and effectiveness in curing the diseases/ illnesses, they should also be brought under the purview of the proposed Central Drug Administration."
Member of Parliament ( Rajya Sabha)
Department- related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare


Closely examine the appearance of your medication.

Are the pills cracked or chipped? Has the pill color changed? Does it appear a shade different from earlier prescriptions? Manufacturers of both name-brand and generic drugs take great pains to produce drugs of uniform and standardized appearance. Every change to a drug's appearance must go through an approval process, so if the pills look different, they are probably fake.

National Injections
Illegally stocked medicines worth Rs 22L seized
AKOLA, February 2014: In a surprise raid, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officials on Sunday seized illegally stocked medicines worth Rs22 lakh from the storeroom of Taori Agency at Akot tehsil town in Akola district. Officials are hopeful of unearthing a big racket operating in the region.
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Banned capsules being supplied to entire state, raids in districts likely
JALANDHAR, February, 2014: The seizure of 13 lakh spasmo proxyvon plus capsules from Sehgal Medical Agencies in Jawahar Nagar by the district drug authorities on Wednesday evening has unfolded that the capsules were being freely supplied to the state during the last three months in spite of the fact that the drug controller general of India (DCGI) had not approved them for supply.

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Drugs seized in Mizoram, smuggler caught
AIZAWL, February 2014: A huge haul of drugs valued at Rs 2.4 crore were seized from a house in the city with a narcotic smuggler being arrested. Altogether 1.2 lakh Methamphetamine tablets, a mood enhancer, were seized from the residence of 46-year-old Lalremruata of Chhinga Veng locality last evening, Superintendent of Police CID (Crime) Joseph Lalchhuana told.
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Spurious medicines killing patients at government hospitals, growls HDK
BANGALORE, February, 2014: Demanding an overhaul of the health department, opposition leader in the assembly H.D. Kumaraswamy has urged the state government to initiate action against officials responsible for supply and distribution of spurious and inferior medicines in government hospitals.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
CDSCO sets up 10 expert panels to evaluate safety of FDCs permitted without due approval

NEW DELHI, February, 2014: The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has constituted 10 expert committees to examine the huge number of applications for regularization of fixed dose combinations (FDCs).

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Rajasthan to establish drug-testing labs in Udaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner

MUMBAI February, 2014: In order to enhance the capacity of sampling and testing of medicines in the state, three more drug testing laboratories will be established in Rajasthan at Udaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner by June this year.

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Health ministry to revise guidelines for taking action on drugs declared not of standard quality

NEW DELHI, February, 2014: The Health Ministry is planning to revise the present guidelines for taking action on samples of drugs declared spurious or not of standard quality (NSQ), in the absence of a uniform pattern following the implementation of the Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Act of 2008 which had enhanced the penalty provisions.

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Global Injections
Drug stores selling date-expire medicines under scrutiny

LAMJUNG, Nepal, February 2014: District Health Office on Wednesday monitored various drug stores in Besisahar of the district and found that most of the drug stores have been selling date expired medicines. Similarly, the monitoring team has found that the medicines were sold in double the marked price, and operating the drug stores without license.

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US FDA to make recommendations on safety of oral tablets used to treat ragweed allergy symptoms

MARYLAND, February 2014: There is more to seasonal allergies than a little congestion and sneezing. If you notice eating watermelon, cantaloupe or avocado makes you cough and itch, it may be a symptom of ragweed allergy.

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European Medicines Agency to review morning after pill, drug may not work in heavier women

LONDON, February, 2014: The European Medicines Agency says it has started a review of emergency contraceptives to see if they work less well in heavier women. In November, French drug maker HRA Pharma announced its morning-after pill Norlevo was less effective in women weighing more than 75 kilograms (165 pounds) and that it didn't work for women more than 80 kilograms (176 pounds).

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Pharma Injections
Maharashtra FDA files FIRs against pharmacists for doing dual employment

MUMBAI, February 2014: In order to deter pharmacists from selling their licenses to illegally run drug stores and taking up employment elsewhere, the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has filed FIRs against 10 pharmacists in different cases of cheating and impersonation under different sections of CrPC of IPC across Maharashtra.

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ASCI bans 57 ads, including ads on HEALTH and Personal Care, Omega hospital, Revital, Mcvities biscuits, Pespodent, CloseUp and Pizza Hut

Health and personal care category continues to lead with the highest number of complaints received by ASCI during November 2013. The Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) under the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has banned as many as 57 advertisements out of 65 complaints it received across segments during November 2013.

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20th February, 2014 Mumbai : Indian Pharma Regulatory & Compliance Summit 

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Feb. 26 - 27, 2014, Hyderabad, India :
The 13th Science & Standards Symposium - USP and IPC Focus on Global Standards for Medicines

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