Statins linked to 20,000 side effects and 227 deathsJuly, 2015: Medical reports compiled on patients’ illnesses shows the cholesterol lowering drugs have been associated with a huge dossier of reported side-effects including irreversible muscle breakdown, muscle pain, blood disorders, diabetes, skin disorders, nervous system disorders and stomach problems over the last twenty years.
Black Market, "Discount" HIV/AIDS Medications Threaten Patient's Health
June 29, 2015: Modern medicines mean that HIV/AIDS patients can live full lives if they have access to reliable, continuous treatment. That treatment, however, can be expensive. Patients seeking better prices on lifesaving medicines may be taken advantage of by criminals selling black market drugs at 'discount' prices. Since 2006, at least 86 individuals have been charged with the distribution of black market HIV/AIDS medications to American pharmacies, secondary wholesale distributors and patients. These cases, which you can read more about in PSM's Black Market HIV/AIDS Drugs in the News, 2006 – 2013, are just the tip of the iceberg.
Canada experiences Rash of deaths due to Counterfeit Medication
Fake Oxycontin pills actually made with fentanyl responsible for more than 50 deaths in Alberta since the beginning of the year. OpSecSecurity is reporting that Canada is experiencing a dramatic increase in deaths due to the sale and ingestion of counterfeit versions of the painkiller oxycontin. According to OpSecSecurity, there have been three recent deaths in Saskatchewan due to the counterfeit pills.
Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is meant by Elixir?
Answer: An elixir is a hydro-alcoholic solution used for medicinal purposes serving as a vehicle for medicine. The alcohol is mainly used to solubilize the active ingredient/ excipients, retard the crystallization of sugar, preserve the finished product, provide a sharpness to the taste, aid in masking the unpleasant taste of the active ingredient (s) and also enhance the flavour. Elixirs can be medicated or non- medicated. Medicated elixirs are generally antihistaminic elixirs used against allergy, rhinitis, sedative and hypnotic elixirs to induce drowsiness, sleep, expectorant elixirs used to facilitate productive cough (cough with sputum), acetaminophen (paracetamol) elixirs used as analgesics. Elixirs should be stored in a tightly closed and light resistant container away from direct heat and sunlight.
Q2. What is meant by Suppository?
Answer: Suppositories are drug delivery system that are inserted into the rectum (rectal suppository), vagina (vaginal suppository) or urethra (urethral suppository) containing medicated, solid bodies of various sizes and shapes suitable for introduction into the cavities. The medicament is incorporated into a base which melts at body temperature, or can be glycerinated gelatin or PEG which slowly dissolves in the mucous secretions. They are used to deliver both systemically and locally acting medications. Suppositories mainly work by lubricating, hydrating, irritating, water retenting and expulsion. Suppositories may be manufactured by moulding or compressing powdered material into a suitable shape, or by encapsulating a semi-solid mass into soft gelatin. Packaging must be adequate to protect suppositories from light, excessive temperature, moisture, and damage due to handling and transportation. It is necessary to ensure that the suppositories can be released from the packaging material easily and without damage. Suppositories should maintain their shape throughout their shelf-life when stored at the temperature indicated on the label. Glycerine suppositories are one of the most widely used rectal laxatives for relieving mild to moderate constipation in babies, adults, and children. Glycerine suppositories provide gentle, timely and effective relief from constipation with minimal side effects. Therefore next time you buy a suppository, make sure that it is in correct shape and form. They can only provide relief and effective action if administered in proper condition, correct shape and with rightful measures.