The Prescription: 17th July 2017 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan


Welcome to yet another edition of our newsletter.

Earlier this month, India introduced GST, a single nationwide tax for Goods and Services to replace a number of different taxes and duties in the country. It is expected to be beneficial to the Indian pharmaceutical sector in the long run as it aims to simplify tax structure and bring operational efficiency. However, Patients can still buy essential medicines at the pre-GST MRP as it will take nearly two months for new batches of medicines with revised prices to arrive at pharmacies. Catch the complete story in this issue of The Prescription.


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"Strengthening of the health system is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. India has prioritized strengthening its health system as a ‘non-negotiable’ strategy to achieve the SDGs. The new policy enunciates health in all policies, comprehensive primary healthcare, organization of public healthcare delivery, improving vaccines and drug security and progressive movement towards universal health coverage.”

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Patients can buy Medicines on Pre-GST Price till August

On 1st July 2017, India introduced a new era of single nationwide tax for Goods and Services that will transform the economy with price cuts on key products. GST certainly would benefit most of the sectors including pharmaceuticals and make the taxation process easier as it will replace a number of different taxes and duties. However, patients can continue to purchase the essential medicines at the pre-GST MRP i.e. the maximum retail price (MRP) fixed before the GST rollout as the pharmacies are yet to receive new supply with revised price list from pharma companies. Thus, for consumers, their medicine bills would look exact same unless they are buying from chain stores.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Now, only doctors can sign diagnostic reportsNEW DELHI, JULY 2017: Only persons holding an MBBS degree and registered with the Medical Council of India (MCI) or with the state medical councils can now sign diagnostic reports, as per a new order issued by MCI. The move is aimed at regulating quality and standard of reports generated by diagnostic chains, which are fast mushrooming across the country.Read More
DTAB approves DCC recommendations for uniform implementation of provisions of DC Act and Rules throughout the country Mumbai, June 2017: The Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), the highest decision making body under the Union health ministry on technical matters, in its 77th meeting held on June 16, 2017 has agreed with the recommendations of the Drugs Consultative Committee (DCC) on measures for uniform implementation of provisions of Drugs & Cosmetics Act and Rules throughout the country and for strengthening drug regulatory system in the country.Read More
Pharma exporters urge government not to withdraw exemptions under AA, EPCG Schemes to align with GSTMumbai, July 2017: Pharmaceutical exporters have appealed to the government to reconsider its decision to withdraw most exemptions on input taxes under existing export incentive schemes-- Advance Authorisation (AA), Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) Scheme and Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS) enabling duty free import of inputs required for export production. Read More
DCGI asks industry to provide feedback on issues falling under drug regulatory regime to streamline regulatory process furtherMumbai, 2017: The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has invited feedback from the stakeholders by July 31, 2017 on issues which fall under the jurisdiction of drug regulatory regime to streamline the regulatory process further in the pharma sector. Read More
Government flouts Delhi HC order to ban 5 FDCs, affected companies seek stayMumbai, July 2017: Despite Delhi High Court order on 344 fixed dose combinations (FDCs) ban wherein it stated that the Drugs Technical Advisory Body (DTAB) and the Drugs Consultative Committee (DCC) constituted under the Drugs Act should be consulted before imposing a ban on drugs, the government has again banned five FDCs without taking advice of the statutory bodies on irrationality of the drugs invoking sharp response from pharmaceutical industry. Read More
Pharma Injections
25 percent surge in IVF cases in recent years, say doctorsNew Delhi, July 2017: There has been a 25 per cent surge in couples preferring in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to have babies in recent years, said doctors, naming sedentary lifestyle, health conditions and diseases as main reasons. Stating that in recent years the prevalence of couples unable to conceive has increased drastically and over 20 per cent of the married couples account for it, the doctors say that the successful IVF cases in the recent years is another reason attracting couples with fertility issues.Read More
Drug-resistant TB higher among children than expected: reportBengaluru, July 2017: While detection of tuberculosis (TB) in children remains a challenge, it has now emerged that Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) TB is higher among children than expected. This has been described as a “worrying trend” by the Union Health Ministry. As many as 5,500 of over 76,000 children tested in nine cities have been diagnosed with TB. Nine per cent of these paediatric TB cases have been diagnosed to have MDR TB, according to the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) that conducted the tests in collaboration with the Central TB Division under the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP).Read More
WHO warns of untreatable gonorrhoea superbug New Delhi, July 2017: At least three people worldwide are infected with totally untreatable “superbug” strains of gonorrhoea which they are likely to be spreading to others through sex, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Giving details of studies showing a “very serious situation” with regard to highly drug-resistant forms of the sexually-transmitted disease (STD), WHO experts said it was “only a matter of time” before last-resort gonorrhoea antibiotics would be of no use. Read More
Lipid profiling since 20 can prevent heart ailments: Doctors New Delhi, July 2017: Lipid profiling -- blood tests that screen for abnormalities in lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides -- from the age of 20 years can help detect heart ailments at an early stage, revealed doctors on Thursday. According to them, a person may be at high risk of heart attack if the levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglycerides -- causes of heart ailments -- are high. 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
NPPA fixes ceiling prices of 814 scheduled formulations NEW DELHI, JULY 2017: New ceiling prices of 814 scheduled formulations became effective from today with drug pricing regulator NPPA fixing the cap in sync with the new GST regime. Read More
No price change in 78 percent of actively used drugs post GST: NPPA New Delhi, June 2017: Drug pricing regulator NPPA on Friday said prices of around 78 per cent of 'actively used' drugs will remain unaffected after the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax from midnight tonight. Read More
Murshidabad police seize 2000 bottles of banned cough syrup, 3 arrested Kolkata, July 2017: The Murshidabad police on Saturday night seized 2,000 bottles of banned Phensedyl cough syrup from Raninagar area and arrested 3 persons. A patrolling vehicle was following a speeding motorbike on which three persons were riding. The bike rider took his vehicle towards the India-Bangladesh border at Budhurpara where police intercepted them. Read More
475 kg of ephedrine worth over RS 24 crore seized at KIA Bengaluru, June 2017: A run-of-the-mill tip-off on drugs being smuggled out of the country led to one of the biggest seizure in south India in recent times. Sleuths of the Bengaluru Customs Air Cargo Complex, on Friday, seized 475 kg of ephedrine worth over ₹24 crore in the international market. Read More
Two arrested for making spurious drugs in Uttarakhand Jaipur, July 2017: In a joint action conducted by Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, two persons were arrested for allegedly manufacturing spurious antibiotic medicine in Bhagwanpur of Roorkee district in Uttarakhand on Thursday. Read More
National Injections
India is now free from bird flu New Delhi, July 2017: The government on Thursday has declared the country free from highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1 and H5N8), commonly known as bird flu. During October 2016 and February 2017, the outbreak of this infectious viral disease of birds was reported at various epicentres in nine states and Union Territories. Read More
First robotic kidney transplant performed in Maharashtra Mumbai, July 2017: Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre here performed the first robotic kidney transplant surgery on a man suffering from renal failure, a hospital spokesperson said on Tuesday. Leena, 55, the wife of patient C.N. Murlidharan, donated one of her kidneys to enable him to live a normal life. The 59-year-old, who was on dialysis for the past 18 months, is now on the path of recovery after the surgery last Sunday.Read More
Liquid nitrogen drink burns hole in bizman's stomach New Delhi, July 2017: A 30-year-old businessman had to get part of his stomach removed after he gulped down a drink laced with liquid nitrogen, which burnt a hole in his innards. Read More
SC allows abortion of 25-week foetus New Delhi, July 2017: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a 33-year-old woman from West Bengal to abort her 25-week foetus suffering from severe cardiac ailments, observing that a woman’s right to her bodily integrity was sacrosanct. Read More
Bengal: Three More Quacks Arrested, one found posing as Cancer Specialist Kolkata, June 2017: In the long list of quacks that are being slowly hunted down by the Bengal authorities for possessing fake medical degrees and/or impersonating themselves as doctors, the CID was recently seen arresting three more from different areas in North-24 Paraganas. Read More
Treatment in most H1N1 cases starts late: BMC Mumbai, July 2017: Despite an active circulation of the H1N1 influenza virus in the city since February, there is a time lag of 4-5 days before the onset of symptoms and initiation of treatment by doctors. Experts recommend that the antiviral is most effective when administered within the first 48 hours. Read More
Global Injections
Sri Lanka's worst-ever dengue outbreak kills 225 Colombo, July 2017: Sri Lanka is suffering its worst-ever dengue outbreak, with the mosquito-borne virus killing 225 people and infecting more than 76,000 this year. Read More
Sugar intake in pregnancy ups allergy, asthma risk in baby London, July 2017: High intake of sugar during pregnancy may increase the risk of allergy and asthma in the baby, a study has found. Read More

New device can detect sepsis signs from single drop of blood

Washington, July 2017: Scientists have developed a new portable device that can quickly detect signs of deadly, unpredictable sepsis infection from a single drop of blood. Read More

Tailor-made cancer 'vaccine' proves safe in trialsParis, July 2017: Two experimental treatments for skin cancer, tailor-made to target a particular patient`s tumours, proved safe in small-scale trials, their developers reported Wednesday.Read More


Women In 2 States Indicted In Separate Clandestine Silicone Injection Scams

July 2017 Update: In May 2017, Deanna Roberts pleaded guilty to illegally injecting persons with liquid silicone and for introducing liquid silicone that was obtained by fraud into interstate commerce. Roberts, who continued to administer industrial grade silicone injections even after she knew that one her patients had died and others had been hospitalized, was sentenced to eleven years and three months in federal prison.

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CanadaDrugs Case Affidavit Reveals Disregard For Patient Safety

July 2017: According to CBC News, new information has come to light in the case against six executives of The company, its affiliates, and associates in the United Kingdom and Barbados stand accused of illegally importing and selling $78 million worth of unapproved, misbranded and counterfeit drugs to American doctors between 2009 and 2012. The court documents show new details, including the June 6, 2017 affidavit by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Constable Michael Menard detailing the surveillance by officers at five Winnipeg homes from May 15 - 17.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is the Endometriosis?
Endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs.
With endometriosis, displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it normally would — it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. Because this displaced tissue has no way to exit your body, it becomes trapped. When endometriosis involves the ovaries, cysts called endometriomas may form. Surrounding tissue can become irritated, eventually developing scar tissue and adhesions — abnormal bands of fibrous tissue that can cause pelvic tissues and organs to stick to each other.
Endometriosis can cause pain — sometimes severe — especially during your period. Fertility problems also may develop. Fortunately, effective treatments are available. Read More>>>


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