The Prescription: 17th Jun 2017 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan


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Several studies all around the world suggest that air pollution can cause serious damage to the heart and lung functioning and structure, also increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and death. National Capital-Delhi is India's most polluted city. Our Government is trying its best to overcome this critical situation hence we must also contribute by following eco-friendly techniques in our day to day lives to cut the smog. Read more on this in PSM India Capsules.


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Air pollution can cause serious damage to the heart and lung functioning, raising 'death risk'

Several studies in and around the world suggest that air pollution can cause serious damage to the heart and lung functioning and structure, also increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and death. There is strong evidence that particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) emitted mainly from the industries chimney wastes and transport vehicles is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) such as heart attack, stroke, Asthma, lung cancer, heart failure, chronic bronchitis and death as these microscopic particles especially PM2.5 are so light they float on air and lodge deep in the heart and lungs and may damage them directly.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Modi government won't backtrack on e-platform planDelhi, May 2017: The Central government is firm on its plan to introduce an e-platform to regulate sale of drugs despite opposition from chemists. On Tuesday, chemists across the country shut stores in a day-long strike against the move which will make it mandatory to upload all details of sale and purchase. The chemists have opposed the plan as it will increase their costs and impact business especially in rural areas. With limited internet infrastructure it will not be possible to switch to e-platform, chemists have said.Read More
Pharmacy experts ask government to enlist and notify ‘OTC drugs’ in the wake of generic prescription becoming legally binding Chennai, June 2017: Even as the Union Health Ministry is bringing in an e-portal system for monitoring sale of drugs and licensing of online pharmacy, pharmacy experts are calling for a sustained pro-pharmacist intervention by the government to enable dispensing of drugs under prescription and non-prescription categories.Read More
Medical device industry seeks ease of doing businessNew Delhi, June 2017: Government needs to create health infrastructure and come out with a law separating medical devices from drugs before it pushes the vertical towards local manufacturing, industry body MTaI said. Medical Technology Association of India (MTaI) also stressed on ease of doing business stating that profits are coming down in the segment with government enforcing price caps on medical devices using the same formula as being done in case of drugs. Read More
AICDF submits 3-pronged formula to NPPA to minimize confusion & loss to traders due to GST implementationMumbai, June 2017: Even as the biggest tax reform Goods and Services Tax (GST) is to be unrolled in the country from July 1, the All India Chemists & Distributors Federation (AICDF) has proposed a three-pronged strategy to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) for minimizing complications and loss of lakhs to pharmaceutical traders in the country. Read More
Vigilance officials raid 16 offices of Kerala state drug control offices, find major anomaliesChennai, June 2017: Simultaneous raids conducted by the sleuths of the directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption (DVAC) on last Friday in all the Assistant Drug Controllers' and Drug Inspectors' offices across Kerala found various irregularities on the part of the enforcement officials in the DC department. Read More
Pharma Injections
Prolonged breastfeeding may lead to anemia in infants June 2017: Breastfeeding is highly recommended for newborns, but a new study points to prolonged breastfeeding being a risk factor leading to anemia in infants. The study published in the International Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics, identified prolonged breastfeeding beyond six months and late initiation of complimentary feeding among the major risk factors as breast milk alone cannot meet the iron requirement during the rapid growth beyond six months. At birth, babies are born with sufficient iron reserves which deplete in the months after.Read More
Micronutrients deficiency most prevalent health condition among newborns: ExpertsNew Delhi, June 2017: As per a study done by researchers, micronutrients deficiencies are a major risk factor of illness in newborns. Every day, over 6,000 children die in India under the age of five and more than half of these deaths are caused by micronutrient malnutrition-primarily due to lack of Vitamin A, iron, iodine, zinc and folic acid.Read More
Cardiologists call for latest interventional heart technologies New Delhi, May 2017: Aiming to replicate the latest interventional heart technologies, the Cardiology Society of India on Wednesday urged patients with blockages of coronary arteries to undergo Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) as these help in better assessment for stent placement. Read More
Mercury to repair teeth a bad fix for your health New Delhi, June 2017: Mercury has been a critical component of dental amalgam fillings for decades. But a recent decision by European Union to phase out its usage among children and pregnant women has renewed the debate on its harmful effects. In India, Toxics Link, a non-government organisation working on chemical pollution, has written to Dental Council of India (DCI) seeking ban on its use. 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
Month after FDA clean chit, factory making drugs busted Pune, May 2017: The Pune-based drug manufacturing factory that was busted by a team of Mumbai Police's Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) that had received clearance in April from the State Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which found nothing suspicious in the factory. Read More
Spurious drugs worth Rs. 50 Lakh seized in Jaipur Jaipur, June 2017: Drugs Controller, Rajasthan has issued a alert notice on 2.6.2017 about details of four survey samples showing nil content. As per the alert notice Cepixil-200, Batch No. T-160933 mfgd By-Pharma Linkers, Plot No. 53, SG Ind Estate, Lokeshwari, Bhagwanpur, Roorkee-247667; Jonfix-200, Batch No. T-17131 mfgd By-Dermasafe Pharmaceuticals 106, Haldwani Road, Rudrapur (UK) 263153; Medsafe-200 Batch No. T-170201 and Mixime-200 Batch No. T-160346 mfgd By-Vizmed Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, K, No. 227, Sikadarpur Bhaisal, Bhagwanpur, Roorkee are tested by the State Drugs Control Department and found to contain either nil or very small quantity of active ingredient. Read More
Cetez Tab blister has two batch Nos JAIPUR, JUNE 2017: Cetez (Cetrizine Dihydrochloride Tab IP) Tab blister available in the market are printed with different Batch Nos and MRP. This drug is manufactured by Pentachem Pharmaceuticals, Kishanpura, Baddi. Read More
Health Ministry invites suggestions from all stakeholders on proposal to replace gelatin capsules with cellulose-based capsules Mumbai, June 2017: The Union Health Ministry has invited suggestions and comments from all the stakeholders including NGOs, consumers and the pharmaceutical industry to a proposal of the ministry to replace gelatin capsules with cellulose-based capsules which are of plant origin and are safe for use as compared to animal-based gelatin capsules. Read More
Cipla gets favourable ruling from DoP on its review petition on amlodipine, ciprofloxacin & azithromycin formulations Mumbai, May 2017: The Indian pharmaceutical major Cipla Ltd has has received favourable ruling from the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) on its three formulations as the DoP has directed the NPPA to refix the ceiling prices of the formulations amlodipine 5 mg, ciprofloxacin 250 mg and 500 mg and azithromycin 250 mg & 500 mg. Read More
National Injections
Barring three Zika cases in Ahmedabad, others tested negative: Government New Delhi, June 2017: Except the three laboratory-confirmed cases reported from Ahmedabad, no other case for Zika virus has tested positive, confirms the government. Read More
India continues to be hotbed of diarrhoeal deaths: Lancet London, June 2017: With more than 100,000 under-five deaths due to diarrhoea in 2015, India continues to be a hotbed of diarrhoeal deaths in the world, suggests new research.Read More
After transplant, Kerala man lives with two beating hearts COIMBATORE, JUNE 2017: A 45-year-old man from Kerala became the first person in the country to live with two beating hearts, one of it being a woman's. The man, who suffered a heart failure, underwent a rare heart transplant; instead of having his old heart replaced with a new one, doctors just connected the new heart to the old one so they can share the load. Read More
Pune doctors perform surgery on baby's walnut sized heart New Delhi, June 2017: In a rare surgery, doctors at one of the Pune hospitals performed a miraculous surgery on walnut-sized heart of a baby weighing just 1.5kg. Read More
Karnataka: Denied stretcher, elderly woman drags ailing husband in Shivamogga hospital New Delhi, June 2017: An elderly poor woman had to drag her ailing husband to an x-ray room at a hospital in Karnataka's Shivamogga city after the staff deployed refused to give her a stretcher as she did not agree to pay bribe. Read More
38-year-old Agra woman who suffered 18 miscarriages delivers healthy baby New Delhi. June 2017: In what could be called a miracle, a 38-year-old woman from Agra has given birth to a baby boy after suffering 18 miscarriages. Read More
Global Injections
Breast feeding may help prevent chronic C-section pain London, June 2017: Mothers who breastfeed their babies for more than two months after a Caesarean section delivery are three times less likely to experience persistent pain, a new study has found. Read More
Older adults suffering from cirrhosis are at higher risk of stroke! New York, June 2017: A new study has found that older adults who are suffering from cirrhosis are at an increased risk of stroke, especially hemorrhagic. Read More

New gene therapy could ‘turn off’ asthma

Melbourne, June 2017: Scientists have discovered a DNA switch which can ‘turn off’ our reaction to allergies, an advance that may lead to gene therapies providing life-long protection from diseases like asthma with a single treatment.Read More

Once-a-month diabetes treatment may replace daily insulin jabsWashington, June 2017: Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed a technology that may provide weeks of glucose control for diabetes with a single injection, which would be a dramatic improvement over current therapies.Read More

Death toll in Yemen cholera outbreak hits nearly 700 - WHOMiddle East and North Africa, June 2017 : A cholera epidemic in Yemen has killed at least 681 people and the outbreak has yet to peak, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures showing an increase in the death toll of nearly 50 percent since its last update on May 27.Read More


Save Savings Tip: Generic Prinivil And Generic Discount Drug Programs

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 75 million people, 1 of 3 U.S. adults, have high blood pressure and only 54% of these people have their high blood pressure under control. It is not surprising that lisinopril, the generic version of Prinivil that treats high blood pressure and heart failure, was the third most prescribed drug in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2016 according to What some people may find more surprising is that Americans pay one-third as much for the same medication as our Canadian neighbors.

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American Pharmacists Association, National Association Of Chain Drug Stores Urge Trump To Reject Drug Importation Proposals

June 2017: On June 1, 2017, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), which represents 64,000 pharmacy professionals, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), which represents more than 100 national and regional pharmacy chains, sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him not to support legislation that would allow broad personal and commercial importation of non-FDA approved prescription drugs.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What are warts, and what causes them?
A wart is a skin growth caused by some types of the virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infects the top layer of skin, usually entering the body in an area of broken skin. The virus causes the top layer of skin to grow rapidly, forming a wart. Most warts go away on their own within months or years. Warts can grow anywhere on the body, and there are different kinds. For example, common warts camera.gif grow most often on the hands, but they can grow anywhere. Plantar warts camera.gif grow on the soles of the feet.Read More>>>


Beat the Heat!

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Dr. Anudha Aggarwal, Physician, New Delhi

The heat makes you sweat, with loss a lot of fluid, which although cools you down but leaves you dehydrated. Thirstiness isn't always a reliable early indicator of the body's need for water. Many people, mostly older adults, don't feel thirsty until they're already dehydrated. That's why it's important to increase water intake during summer. With the temperature overpass 40 degrees Celsius, the effects of extreme heat can potentially have a very severe impact on the human body. Read More

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