The Prescription: 17th July 2016 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan

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Our founder and director, Mr. Bejon Misra has advised the central government to legislate strict and well-defined guidelines in sync with international regulations to provide better health and medical facilities to one and all with immediate effect and also mandating certain provisions for online pharmacies to remain up-to-date with the latest global business practices as consumers today are mostly influenced by online shopping. He further added that “We need to abandon the current archaic D&C Act 1940 & Rules 1945 and move away from the inspector-raj era.” Consumer Online Foundation (COF) appeals the Union Ministry and the government to set stringent laws and insisting on its implementation over online and offline pharmacies are the articles to read in PSM India capsule. Read More>>>

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"Donating organs is a gift of life and is an altruistic, egalitarian and essentially moral act. Organ donation can benefit the recipient largely by improving health, quality and span of his life and even save him from death or other critical conditions"

Mr. JP Nadda
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare

PSM India Capsules
Modern and Patient Centric new D&C Act and Rules: Need of the Hour

The central government needs to legislate a strict law to provide better health and medical facilities to one and all. Union government should work to bring in a new, modern, comprehensive and patient-centric law on par with global regulations to regulate the drugs and cosmetics sector, said Bejon Misra, founder director of PSM India.

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Consumer Online Foundation appeals the health ministry to regulate sale of drugs through online and offline Pharmacies

A latest consumer survey reveals the rise in unsafe purchase of drugs in the absence of proper rules and regulations. Consumer Online Foundation (COF) has advised the government and Union ministry of health and family welfare to regulate the safe and secure purchase of medicines through online and offline pharmacies.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Act on kamble panel reportJuly, 2016 : Drug control authorities in the country have been facing the challenge of regulating the internet sales of pharmaceutical products from 2014 with the emergence of these new class of traders. Initially there were only very few players in the scene and their sales were restricted mainly to customers outside India. Some cases of such sales in violation of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act were detected by Maharashtra FDA during 2014 and 2015. Then after repeated complaints from the retail chemists and wholesalers against the internet sales of medicines, the Drugs Controller General of India appointed a committee under Harshdeep Kamble, commissioner of Maharashtra FDA, to explore the possibility of allowing online trading in pharmaceuticals and laying down specific rules.Read More
Intertek approved as India’s first certification body for ICMED scheme Mumbai July’16 : Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide has been approved as India’s first certification body for the Indian Certification for Medical Devices (ICMED) scheme. This quality certification scheme for medical devices is an initiative by the Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AIMED) in collaboration with the Quality Council of India (QCI) and the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) in quality certification for medical devices in the country.Read More
ICMR releases quality standards of Indian medicinal plantsBengaluru, July 2016: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has released the Quality Standards of Indian Medicinal Plants, Volume 14. Its Medicinal Plants Division has provided adequate scientific information that can help in either standard setting bodies or manufacturers to develop and arrive at quality specifications for 35 medicinal plants covered in this volume. The contents also help in regulatory approvals of these herbs globally. Read More
Pharma Injections
Genetic test could spot future Alzheimer's disease at 35 years oldJuly, 2016 : A new genetic test could identify people who are most at risk of Alzheimer’s disease when they are just 35 years old. Scientists in the US are developing a way to predict which people are likely to develop dementia, decades before any of the symptoms emerge. Although there are currently no treatments for dementia, most drugs in development aim at slowing down symptoms so catching the disease early is crucial. People at most risk could also make lifestyle changes, such as exercising more regularly and eating more healthily. Read More
HIV study confirms clinically viable vaccine paving the way for future treatmentsJuly’16: A new scientific study conducted by a team of leading AIDS scientists reveal results that lead the way to the development of an effective human vaccine against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In the study published in Nature Medicine, researchers worked with a species of Old World monkeys, rhesus macaques to reproduce the trial results of RV144, the only HIV vaccine that has been tested and shown to reduce the rate of HIV acquisition in a phase III clinical trial. Read More
Patanjali ads unsubstantiated, misleading: ASCI New Delhi, July 2016: Advertising watchdog ASCI has once again pulled up yoga guru Baba Ramdev-promoted Patanjali Ayurved for running "misleading" ad campaigns that disparages competitors' products. The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) said that Patanjali Ayurved "unfairly denigrates" products of its rivals in the advertisements. Read More
Diabetes as a major global health challenge JULY, 2016: A researcher from UPM is involved in a study that estimates the global prevalence of diabetes and anticipates future trends. Full professor Marcela González Gross of UPM is involved in an international scientific team led by Imperial College London that has carried out a study to assess the number of adults with diabetes and the trends of prevalence of this disease. Read More
Experts warn about risks involved in home use of tDCS JULY, 2016: The growing trend of "do-it-yourself" transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) poses hidden risks to healthy members of the public who seek to use the technique for cognitive enhancement. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, along with several members of the (cognitive) neuroscience research community warn about such risks involved in home use of tDCS, the application of electrical current to the brain. Their Open Letter will appear in the July 7th issue of Annals of Neurology. Read More
Drug Dopes
Updated LIST OF NEW DRUG APPROVED FROM 01-01-2016 to TILL DATE BY NEW DRUGS DIVISION, CDSCO, FDA Bhawan, New Delhi List of New Drug Approved by FDA Read More
Lupin, Dr Reddy's recall 1.7 lakh bottles of tablets in US New Delhi, July 2016: Drug majors Lupin and Dr Reddy's are recalling over 1.7 lakh bottles of two different tablets, used in the treatment of blood pressure and acidity, in the US due to deviations from manufacturing norms. Read More
FDA Grants Merrimack Fast Track Designation for Seribantumab (MM-121) in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer JULY, 2016: Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted seribantumab, also known as MM-121, Fast Track designation for development in patients with heregulin-positive, locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has progressed following immunotherapy. Read More
Could electricity cure arthritis? JULY, 2016: A daily zap of electricity could make arthritic joints less painful for hundreds of thousands of Britons. Some patients even went into complete remission, meaning they were effectively cured. Scientists implanted a device into patients’ necks to give a small shock that activates a nerve involved in controlling the immune system. Read More
Fight continues between Indian online and offline pharmacies JULY, 2016: The fight in India between brick and mortar pharmacies and their online counterparts is set to heat up after the threat of court action. Read More
Beware whole body cryotherapy claims, FDA warns JULY, 2016: Whole body cryotherapy—a trendy treatment that has been used for everything from arthritis pain to Alzheimer's—may pose serious health risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Read More
National Injections
India may soon get treatment for Hepatitis C July’16: A latest breakthrough treatment for the deadly Hepatitis C virus could soon be available in India as 11 Indian firms have been given licenses by its American manufacturer following an approval from US authorities. The drug called Epclusa which is developed to treat all genotypes of the Hepatitis C virus by Gilead Sciences in its latest breakthrough treatment was last week approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The deadly Hepatitis C virus afflicts as many as 150 million people worldwide and possibly 12 million in India. Read More
7 blinded after cataract surgery in Hyderabad Hyderabad/July, 2016 : Seven patients at the government-run Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital (SDEH) in city have suffered complete loss of vision in one eye after undergoing a botched-up cataract surgery. The surgeries were done on June 30, but the blunder came to light only on Wednesday. The victims, four women and three men aged between 50 and 70 years, developed a bacterial infection caused by superbug Klebsiella during the surgery. Read More
Infant deaths by diarrhoea: SC notice to centre, Christian Medical College over vaccine New Delhi, July 2016: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre and the Christian Medical College, Vellore, on a PIL seeking complete disclosure of Centre-wise results of the clinical trial of anti-diarrhoea Rotavirus vaccine 'Rotavac' conducted between 2011 and 2013 at Delhi, Pune and Vellore. Read More
Medical negligence: doctor arrested KOTTAYAM, JULY 2016: The police have arrested Sr. Jessy M. Antony, gynecologist at the SH Medical Centre, in Kottayam town for medical negligence under IPC Section 336 (endangering life or personal safety through negligence) and IPC 338 (causing grievous hurt through negligence). Read More
Addicts in Punjab shifting to pharmaceutical drugs: NCB chief New Delhi, July 2016: Drug Addicts in Punjab are shifting to pharmaceutical drugs like Tramadol and Buprenorphine, Home Minister Rajnath Singh was informed by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) DG Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar during a review meeting Wednesday. Read More
Global Injections
Careful who you kiss: virus found in saliva associated with unexplained infertility July’16: Alcohol, caffeine and bad diet have all been linked to poor fertility, but up until now no one has blamed the humble kiss. Read More
AHA collaborates with Amazon Web Services to advance discoveries in cardiovascular precision medicine July’16: New Data Grants for clinical and population researchers, computer engineers and computational biologists will drive more precise medical approaches to improve health Read More

Sanofi Pasteur inks R&D agreement with WRAIR for Zika vaccineJuly’16 : French drug maker Sanofi said on Wednesday it had struck a research and development agreement with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in the United States to develop a Zika vaccine candidate.Read More


President of pharmalogical and medical device king sentenced to 5 years in prison for sales of counterfeit drugs

In 2014, the Department of Justice broke up one of the largest wholesale counterfeit drug operations in the United States. Specializing in many of the cold-chain oncology medications required by cancer patients, William Scully and his co-conspirators imported their fakes into the United States and then sold them to unsuspecting medical practices while claiming the drugs were genuine and FDA-approved.

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Fda alert: dream body weight loss issues voluntary nationwide recall of 3 products due to undeclared sibutramine

Grand Prairie, TX, Dream Body Weight Loss is voluntarily recalling all lots of Dream Body Extreme Gold 800mg 30 gold capsules, Dream Body 450mg 30 white capsules, and Dream Body Advanced 400mg 30 purple capsules to the consumer level. The Dream Body Extreme 800mg Gold, Dream Body 450mg and Dream Body Advanced 400mg have been found to contain sibutramine after FDA sampling and testing.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. Prebiotics and Probiotics: What’s the Difference?
Answer: Years of research has established the key role played by the colon and the good bacteria in promoting overall human health. The useful bacteria in the colon have many important functions including enhancing mineral absorption, strengthening the intestinal wall and regulating the production of hormones.
While probiotics are well known as the beneficial microorganisms that live in the gut and help in the digestion of food and in fighting harmful bacteria, there has been little focus on prebiotics and their health benefits. Both prebiotics and probiotics have their own key functions in maintaining the health of the human gut

Q2. What are Prebiotics?
Answer: Prebiotics are natural, plant fibers that are non-digestible by the body. They are present in the diet and function as a fertilizer for probiotics. Good microbes in the gut feed on these complex carbohydrates and grow in numbers, thus improving the ratio of good bacteria to harmful bacteria in the gut, which in turn promotes overall wellbeing of the body.

Q3. Where are Prebiotics and Probiotics Found?
Answer: Probiotics are found in fermented dairy foods like yogurt, aged cheese and kefir. Aged cheese contains live cultures of organisms such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. Non-dairy foods such as soy beverages, miso and kimchi also contain beneficial microbial cultures. Probiotics are also available in the form of pills and are used to treat intestinal infections. Read More>>>


Second Global Conference on Health & Climate in Paris, France

Article contributed by subscriber: Mr. Amit Aaryan, New Delhi

With the aim to build healthier and more sustainable societies, the second Global Conference on Health and Climate was held on July 7-8, 2016, in Paris, France. The Conference showcased how the public health community will support the implementation of the Paris agreement.. Read More

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