The Prescription: 17th March 2016 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan

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Starting on a positive note with the much awaited move of the Health Ministry on restricting antibiotic usage with its new Red line campaign is a big public health move. The indiscriminate use of antibiotics has given rise to multiple multi-drug resistant bacterial diseases across India and the globe thus this move has been rightly timed. Read more details on it under our PSM-India capsule section. Hope the section provides an informative insight and consumers become aware on the usage of prescription drugs. Read More>>>

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“It is a complex and a challenging issue not only in India but globally and we are working on a broader concept to ascertain that wherever therapeutic level vitamins are used, it would fall under the category of drug, if not then it would be categorized as nutraceuticals or other food product.”

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

PSM India Capsules
Watch for the red line on pack of antibiotics next time before consuming

It is generally believed that availability of antibiotics over the counter and lack of awareness about using antibiotic drugs results in inappropriate use of antibiotics.
As per a recent report (2015) released by Global Antimicrobial Resistance Partnership (GARP), it is reported that resistance among common pathogens is increasing worldwide though regional patterns of resistance vary.

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World Consumer Rights Day 2016 in New Delhi, India celebrated by Consumer Online Foundation ( Consumer Conexion) and Government of India

Study report on Citizens' perception of consumer friendly states in India

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Health Ministry imposes ban on widely marketed 350 fixed dose combination (FDC) drugsMarch, 2016 : In a significant move ensuring safety and efficacy of medicines, the health ministry has banned around 350 fixed dose combination (FDC) drugs that were widely available in the market till now. The Health Ministry in a notification on March 12, 2016 has prohibited the manufacture, sale and distribution of nearly 350 FDCs with immediate effect.Read More
Government approves scheme to strengthen drug regulatory system NEW DELHI, FEB 2016: The government has approved a scheme to strengthen the drug regulatory system for detecting distribution and marketing of spurious drugs in the country. Noting that Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 has also been amended and provisions made for setting up of special courts, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said 26 states and Union Territories have also set up designated special courts for trial of offences under the Act.Read More
Time frame for prescriptions needs to be fixed to stall medication mismanagementNew Delhi, March, 2016: Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare needs to mandate prescription validity time frame to stall medication mismanagement, said Dr BR Jagashetty, Former National Advisor, (Drugs Control) to MoHFW and Project in-charge for the implementation of two schemes of Central Drugs Standards Control Organization (CDSCO). Read More
Pharma Injections
Maharashtra FDA stresses on need to increase cooperation between industry & FDA to curb counterfeit drugsMumbai, March, 2016: In a bid to tackle spurious drugs menace in the pharmaceutical industry, the Maharashtra FDA Joint Commissioner Omprakash Sadhwani has emphasized the need for multi-pronged approach including strengthening drugs control organizations, effective networking between the stakeholders as well as creating awareness among consumers about such drugs. Read More
Low dose aspirin may cut overall risk of certain cancers March-2016: Regular use of low-dose aspirin may reduce the overall risk of developing certain cancers such as colon and gastrointestinal tumors by 3%, a recent study suggests. Nevertheless, the benefit has appeared only after six years of daily aspirin use. As an anti-inflammatory drug, aspirin has undeniable effect of certain molecular pathways that are associated with cancer. Aspirin suppress inflammation and certain carcinogenic proteins to some extent on the long run. Read More
Bacteria-laden mosquitoes can control Zika March, 2016: A new breed of mosquitoes laden with bacteria has proven capable of controlling the spread of dengue fever and the Zika virus, said Vietnam's health officials on Monday. Scientists have officially confirmed the ability of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia bacteria to block the Zika virus and prevent it from being transmitted to humans, Xinhua reported quoted Le Tan Phung, Deputy Director of Khanh Hoa Health department as saying. Read More
Drug Dopes
Indian scientists develop breakthrough dengue drug using Ayurveda March, 2016 : In a breakthrough move that can help in the fight against dengue, a herbal medicine against it is claimed to have been developed by scientists in India, which accounts for 50% of the global population estimated to be at risk from the disease. Read More
CDSCO updates list of Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics declared as Not of Standard Quality/Spurious/Adulterated/Misbranded, for the Month of February, 2016. Click on the following link for details : Read More
New drug regimen approved for HIV-1 infection treatment March, 2016 : The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has approved new drug regimen that includes Odefsey (Emtricitabine 200 mg, Rilpivirine 25 mg/tenofovir alafenamide 25 mg or R/F/TAF) for treatment of HIV-1 infection. The drug is to be manufactured by Gilead Sciences. Read More
New drug to release for increasing platelet counts in dengue patients March 2016, Coimbatore : A new drug has been launched for the treatment of dengue patients with low platelet counts by the Karnataka Antibiotics and Pharmaceuticals Limited (KAPL), a Government enterprise. Read More
National Injections
Maharahtra FDA cancels 500 licenses across state for violation of D&C Act Mumbai, March 2016 : Based on inspections done of 18,067 retail pharmacies across the state between April 2015 and January 2016, the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cancelled licenses of 500 retail pharmacies and suspended licenses of another 1,674 retail drug stores. Read More
Spurious' drugs worth 75 lakh seized during raids Patna, March 2016: State Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav said that the government conducted raids on 95 chemist shops in Patna and 375 shops in the districts and seized fake/spurious drugs worth Rs.75 lakh. "We have prosecuted 33 persons and 19 of them were arrested. Read More
Do not blindly follow mobile health applications, warn doctors March, Mumbai, 2016 : Doctors are claiming that a lot of times the applications suggest wrong diet to the user, without knowing the metabolism of the users’ body, resulting in serious health complication Read More
Cardiovascular Diseases in the country New Delhi, march 2016: There are no prospective studies regarding trends of heart diseases in India and the State wise data. However, as informed by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), current estimates from one-time cross sectional studies conducted in different regions of country indicate that the prevalence of coronary heart disease (CHD) is between 8-10 percent in urban and 3 to 4 percent in rural India. Read More
Doctors claim glaucoma causes 1.3 lakh Indians go blind each year Wed, March 2016: Doctors say the leading cause of blindness among 1.3 lakh Indians every year is glaucoma due to the absence of early symptoms. Medical statistics reveal, only 10% of the Indian population know that 68% of them have a risk of developing glaucoma, reports sources. It can be controlled if the proper medical treatment is taken. Read More
Global Injections
Europe launches new fast approval scheme for promising drugs LONDON : European regulators launched a new scheme on Monday to speed the approval of promising new drugs that address unmet medical needs by offering enhanced support to medicine developers as they work on clinical trials. Read More
Mexico sees spike in H1N1 swine flu cases, 68 people dead MARCH, 2016 MEXICO CITY : Mexico has seen a sharp jump in cases of the virus H1N1, popularly known as swine flu, killing 68 people so far this flu season, according to health ministry data. Read More

APDN launches DNA-labelled inks for pharma usesMarch, 2016 : Applied DNA Sciences has launched its Signature brand DNA markers in pharmaceutical-grade and packaging inks. The launch of the inks - which are suitable for printing onto both medicinal packaging and individual dosage forms such as tablets and capsules - took place at the Medical Japan Expo last week. APDN launched the new products in partnership with Nissha Printing and industrial inkjet printing specialist Kishu Giken Kogyo.Read More


Health Emergency in Texas Due To Repeated Cases of disfiguring counterfeit beauty Treatments

7th march, 2016 : Texas authorities at both the regional and Federal level have combatting a rash of injuries and deaths caused by counterfeit cosmetic injections. From fake Botox and other counterfeit versions of filler treatments to industrial silicone injections sealed with superglue, these fake injectable cosmetic peddlers are putting the lives of Texas women at risk


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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is an ECG and its application?
Answer: The electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a diagnostic tool that is routinely used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart.
In a conventional 12 lead ECG, ten electrodes are placed on the patient's limbs and on the surface of the chest. These electrodes detect the tiny electrical changes on the skin that arise from the heart muscle depolarizing during each heartbeat. The overall magnitude of the heart's electrical potential is then measured from twelve different angles ("leads") and is recorded over a period of time (usually 10 seconds). In this way, the overall magnitude and direction of the heart's electrical depolarization is captured at each moment throughout the cardiac cycle. The graph of voltage versus time produced by this noninvasive medical procedure is referred to as an electrocardiogram (abbreviated ECG or EKG).Read More>>>

Q2. What EEG Means?
Answer: An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain. Special sensors (electrodes ) are attached to your head and hooked by wires to a computer. The computer records your brain's electrical activity on the screen or on paper as wavy lines. In clinical contexts, EEG refers to the recording of the brain's spontaneous electrical activity over a period of time, as recorded from multiple electrodes placed on the scalp. Diagnostic applications generally focus on the spectral content of EEG, that is, the type of neural oscillations (popularly called "brain waves") that can be observed in EEG signals. An electroencephalogram (EEG) may be done to:
• Diagnose epilepsy and see what type of seizures are occurring. EEG is the most useful and important test in confirming a diagnosis of epilepsy.
• Check for problems with loss of consciousness or dementia.
• Help find out a person's chance of recovery after a change in consciousness.
• Find out if a person who is in a coma is brain-dead.
• Study sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy.
• Watch brain activity while a person is receiving general anesthesia during brain surgery.
• Help find out if a person has a physical problem (problems in the brain, spinal cord, or nervous system) or a mental health problem.

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