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

As the new Government tightens itself for an effective innings, the Health regulators cannot be far behind. In their constant efforts of a healthy India, the state FDAs, pharmacy councils and national health regulatory bodies are leaving no stone unturned. This issue features the positive steps being taken in various states to combat the menace of substandard medicines and effective measures being implemented to safeguard public health of our country.

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Stay Safe. Stay Healthy !

Pooja Khaitan
Chief Editor ,
Partnership for Safe Medicines India.

Dose of the day

“India's reference system for drugs testing and IP will be at par with the top world standards in two-three years and will even match the US in three-five years.”.

Dr. G. N Singh
Drugs Controller General ( India)

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National Injections
130 licences suspended, 25 unlicensed medical shops sealed in Kashmir
SRINAGAR , 2014 : Licences of 130 drug sale establishments were suspended while 25 unlincesed were sealed in the Kashmir Valley during fortnight long special drive conducted by Drug and Food Control Organisation. Officials said that 859 Drug Sale establishments were inspected by various teams of the Organisation from May 12 to 24 in Kashmir division.
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Maharashtra FDA raids city based hospital; seizes illegally stocked medicine worth Rs. 2 lakhs
MUMBAI, 2014: In order to prevent illegal sale of Schedule H1 and other prescription drugs, Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration recently seized drugs worth Rs. 2 lakhs from a suburban hospital in Mumbai. A team of FDA officials raided Sai Siddhi Hospital located at Kandivali East for stocking prescription medicines without license and seized medicines worth Rs. 2 lakhs.

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Maharashtra FDA suspends licenses of 7 blood banks & cancels one for violation of D&C Act
MUMBAI, 2014: In order to bring in more accountability towards making safer blood available at the point of care, Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended the licenses of 7 blood banks and canceled one based on 369 inspections done during 2013-14 across Maharashtra. The state today has 303 blood banks and 3 cord blood banks.
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IMA asks doctors to end practice of taking or giving cuts on tests
Medical Council (MMC) to radiologists on cuts, commissions or referral fees seriously, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has told all its members and those of various speciality associations to put an end to the practice. IMA has asked various associations to sensitize their members not to indulge in any unethical practice or else face action in the form of expulsion from the membership and action from MMC.
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KSPC initiates prosecution cases against 43 drug stores, suspends registration of two pharmacists
CHENNAI 2014: As part of its strong measures to implement section 42 of the Pharmacy Act, the Kerala State Pharmacy Council (KSPC) has initiated prosecution cases against 43 violators across the state. The violations were found in the community pharmacies operating in various districts. Besides, the Council has suspended the registration of two pharmacists for infringement of Rule 149, 150 and 151 (code of ethics). Breach of section 34 (renewal of licence) was also noted.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
CDSCO to come out with clean basket of FDCs in eight months

MUMBAI, 2014: In a highly anticipated move aimed at curbing the misuse of fixed dose combinations (FDCs) throughout the country, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) is expected to come out with a clean basket of FDCs in eight months time. It is understood that the Centre is working very hard to identify and include only those FDCs which are essential and are rational for use, whereas work is in process to weed out the rest

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India asks BRICS nations to use flexibilities under TRIPS for increased accessibility to medicines

NEW DELHI, 2014: India has urged other members of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to use flexibilities and safeguards under TRIPS like compulsory licencing and parallel imports to push down the prices and increase accessibility to medicines. Addressing a meeting of the BRICS countries alongside the World Health Assembly in Geneva recently, additional secretary in the union health ministry, C K Mishra called for maintaining balance between IP use for the development of new healthcare products and public interest.

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AIOCD demands deferment of Schedule H1 implementation

MUMBAI, 2014: The All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) and its state affiliate units will soon approach the union health ministry to demand deferment of the implementation of Schedule H1 as it is being misused by quacks in remote parts of the country as there are drawbacks and ambiguities in the Schedule in its present form.

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Global Injections
US Marshals seize unapproved drugs from Ohio distributor

Maryland, 2014: U.S. Marshals, at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, have seized more than $11,185,000 worth of unapproved drugs marketed by Ascend Laboratories of Montvale, N.J. and distributed by Masters Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Interpol raids seize 9.4 million fake and illicit medicines

WORLD NEWS, 2014: Interpol is celebrating the closure of thousands of illicit online pharmacies in the largest-ever global operation targeting fake medicines. Nearly 200 enforcement agencies across 111 countries have taken part in Operation Pangea VII, leading to 237 arrests worldwide and the seizure of nearly $36 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines.

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UK's MHRA plays key role

LONDON, 2014: Playing a key part in the operation, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency announced that it has seized £8.6 million of counterfeit and unlicensed medicines in the UK, including "huge hauls of potentially harmful slimming pills and controlled drugs such as diazepam and anabolic steroids".

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Spain police seize fake erectile dysfunction drugs, medicines from Asia

MADRID, 2014 : Spanish police said Tuesday they have detained 13 people suspected of selling large quantities of fake medication, including erectile dysfunction drugs and antibiotics, made in Asia over the Internet. The authorities seized nearly 420,000 fake pills during a search of 136 packages found in airmail and luggage in Spanish airports, police said in a statement.

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Pharma Injections
Plea to encourage generic drugs

KOCHI, 2014: The All-Kerala Chemists and Druggists Association has urged the government to encourage the marketing of life-saving medicines in generic names and not as branded ones so that patients will get them at lower prices. AN Mohan, president of the association, pointed out that the National Drug Pricing Policy 2012 had recommended this, but it was not being implemented.

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Need for management skills in the healthcare sector

MUMBAI, 2014: A management specialization designed especially for the healthcare industry would complement the clinical education and expertise of healthcare professionals. Doctors driven by an urge to improve the fragmented healthcare sector in India are exploring career options in healthcare management. A considerable number of Indian doctors after gaining experience across the globe are relocating back to India and are increasingly making an informed choice of entering hospital management roles in the country.

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Antibiotics are one of the most important therapeutic discoveries in medical history as they save million of lives from deadly infectious diseases. But, unfortunately, antibiotics have become victims of their own success because of increase misuse of antibiotics, which has led to the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. Urgent attention from all healthcare stakeholders and patients are needed to save the world from antibiotic resistance.

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