The Prescription: 17th March 2018 Issue
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EDITOR'S EMULSION

Pooja Khaitan

Greetings on yet another edition of The Prescription!

Researchers working at IBM's labs have developed a new kind of synthetic molecule that targets superbugs without some of the worst side effects of conventional antibiotics. With antibiotic resistance being one of the main dangers to our health, this synthetic molecule could be our next saviour. PSM India capsule captures the details on this research.

India is not only growing as a net donor but also as a preferential player in the pharma industry in terms of trade, manufacturing and R&D. India has made its mark not just in these areas but has established itself as the tenth largest pharma exporter in the world.
With this strong foothold in the pharma sector, India represents a robust pharma market. Its growing success has helped enhance the image of not only Indian companies but also India as a whole. In our Pharma Injections section, read more on how our country will lead the race to becoming a developed country and other interesting news such as innovations in Pharma packaging checking fake drugs.

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DOSE OF THE DAY

“Public participation always helps. Wherever officials have worked with people and involved them with the development process, the results are transformative.”

Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Shri Narendra Modi


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World Consumer Rights Day Celebrated

New Delhi, 15th March, 2018: On the occasion of World Consumer Rights Day 2018 Andhra Pradesh was declared First as a Consumer Friendly State followed by Goa. Dr Jitendra Singh Hon’ble Minister of State to the PM gave away the awards in the presence of Former Justice of the Supreme Court Dr Arijit Pasayat who was the Chairman of the Jury along with his other members and packed hall of participants from PHDCCI, QCI and Consumer Online Foundation. Top Ten States were recognised based on a score card. For More Details....

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A Synthetic Microbe Could Be the Next Antibiotic

DRUG-RESISTANT SUPERBUGS
Antibiotic resistance is one of the main threats to public health of our time. While superbugs are emerging all over the world thanks to an overuse of existing antibiotics, particularly in agriculture and farming, new drugs able to fight increasingly potent infections are hard to come by.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
NPPA Warns Of Stern Action Against Medical Device Companies For Failing To Submit Price Data Till March 15New Delhi, March 2018: Eight months after the expiry of deadline for medical device manufacturers and importers to submit their price data, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has budged on the issue and extended the time limit to March 15, 2018. This would be “the last opportunity” for companies to submit their data failing which their licences could be revoked, the regulator stated in a circular.Read More
DTAB Gives Nod To Bring Medical Imaging Equipment Under Regulation New Delhi, 27 Feb 2018: The Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), India's highest drug advisory body, has decided to include medical imaging equipment under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act with an aim to regulate the manufacture and sale of these devices. Read More
Pharma Industry Told To Make Use Of Changing DemographicsUnion Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu has asked the Indian pharma industry to look at future opportunities within the country and abroad. With life expectancy going up and life-style diseases on the rise, opportunities for the industry are immense as people will have to spend on medicines and medicare. Read More
IPC Trains 40 Drug Inspectors On Pharmacovigilance Audit For Effective Pharmacovigilance RegulationIn order to implement pharmacovigilance regulations effectively across the country, the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) has recently trained 40 drug inspectors on pharmacovigilance (PV) audit and inspections and is in the process of drafting PV audit check list for the drug regulators to implement it effectively. Read More
IPA Releases GDP & PV Guidelines To Help Drug Makers Meet Global Quality NormsThe Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA), a representative body of 20 research based pharmaceutical companies in India, has released guidelines on good documentation practice (GDP) and process validation (PV) as part of its ongoing efforts to help the domestic drug makers achieve parity with global benchmarks in quality. Read More
NPPA Fixes Retail Prices Of 14 FormulationsNPPA has fixed retail prices of 14 formulations under Drugs Prices Control Order, 2013 in related notification dated 23 February 2018. Name of the said formulations are amlodipine +, valsartan tablet (Valembic 80 AM), mlodipine +valsartan tablet (Valembic 160 AM), paclitaxel (protein bound particles) for injectable suspension (Nabtoxol), telmisartan +chlorthalidone tablet. Read More
Pharma Injections
India emerging as pharma assistant for needy countriesDr. Piyush Gupta - Associate Director of GNH India -author
Mumbai, 7 March 2018:
Medicinal aid is one of the major relief that a developing and needy country seeks as it takes decades for a country to overcome a health crisis. In the past three years, India is not only growing as a net donor but also as a preferential player in the pharma industry in terms of trade, manufacturing and R&D. India has made its mark not just in these areas but has established itself as the tenth largest pharma exporter in the world.
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Innovations In Pharma Packaging Can Check Fake DrugsNew Delhi, 5 March 2018: The Indian pharma economy has witnessed rapid growth in recent decades and is known as one of the global pharma hubs, ranking fourth in the world in generics and contributing 20% of the global generic drug exports with Brazil, China, Mexico and Russia being the other key players. Read More
UP Trader Moves Allahabad HC To Address Issue Of Returning Expired And Damaged Medicines Mumbai, 7 March 2018: A Fatehpur-based drug wholesaler Sri Balaji Medicine Centre has moved Allahabad High Court seeking judicial intervention to address the issue of taking back expired/damaged medicines by pharmaceutical companies. Read More
Hyderabad: New Drug-Resistant Gene Found In Waters Polluted With Pharma Waste HYDERABAD, 5 MARCH 2018: State capital, Hyderabad, is now home to a new resistance gene, named as ‘blaRSA2’, that can render useless even Carbapenems, the type of antibiotics which are used as last-resort medicines by doctors to treat patients suffering from infections caused due to tough-to-treat, multi-drug resistant bacteria. Read More
Pharma Promotions Tax Exempt A recent decision of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal’s Pune bench allowing pharmaceutical companies to account for their spending on doctors as a deductible expenditure has sparked off a fresh debate on ethics. Since the companies are out of the purview of the Medical Council of India (MCI), money spent on promotions, which in some cases could be gifts, travel, hospitality and so on for doctors. Read More
Cipla To Sell 2 Roche Drugs In India Our Bureau Drugmakers Roche Pharma India and Cipla have entered into a distribution agreement for rheumatoid arthritis drug tocilizumab (Actemra) and Syndyma, the second brand of Roche’s cancer therapy bevacizumab (Avastin), in India. Read More
Drug Dopes
Updated LIST OF NEW DRUGS APPROVED FROM 01-01-2018 TILL DATE BY NEW DRUGS DIVISION, CDSCO, FDA Bhawan, New Delhi List of New Drug Approved by FDA Read More
Hospitals To Monitor Patients Taking Pioglitzaone To Assess Its Use Leading To Bladder CancerMumbai, 5 March 2018: Healthcare institutions across the country are in the process of reviewing and closely monitoring diabetic patients who are under medication of anti-diabetic drug pioglitazone for ascertaining whether its regular intake can cause bladder cancer. Read More
Multiple Sclerosis Drug Zinbryta (Daclizumab) Withdrawn From The MarketCAMBRIDGE, 2 MARCH 2018: Biogen and AbbVie have announced that Zinbryta (daclizumab), a treatment for relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS), will be withdrawn from the market worldwide. Read More
Meghalaya: BSF Seizes Phensedyl Worth ₹ 1.21 Lakh From Indo-Bangla Border Shillong, 1 March 2018: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday seized a consignment of Phensedyl worth ₹ 1.21 lakh, meant to be smuggled to Bangladesh, from Netri village in South Garo Hills district. Read More
Gujarat FDCA, Maha FDA Book Vapi-Based Wholesaler For Running Inter-State Spurious Drug Racket Mumbai, 1 March 2018: Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) and Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have jointly detected an inter-state spurious drug racket. The prime accused of the racket has been booked for contravention of the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 under Section 18 (c) and Section 27 for illegally stocking and supplying spurious drugs without a license and proper bill. The spurious product worth ₹ 11 lakh was seized from the Vapi-based wholesaler. Read More
Officers Patted For Crackdown On Spurious Drug Racket Vijayawada, 27 Feb 2018: Commissioner of Police Gautam Sawang on Tuesday presented commendation certificates to the officers of Andhra Pradesh Drug Control Administration (APDCA) and police department for their collective action to crackdown spurious drug racket on Thursday. Read More
National Injections
AIIMS Develops New Drug Delivery System For Cancer NEW DELHI, 7 MARCH 2018: Doctors at AIIMS have introduced a new technology for treating cancers affecting the abdominal lining, for example colon cancer or colorectal cancer. It involves administering heated chemotherapy drugs directly into the abdomen during surgery. Read More
Illegal Blood Bank Injects Alarm, Owner ConvictedHYDERABAD, 1 MARCH 2018: The first additional metropolitan magistrate court at Nampally has convicted the president of a city-based charitable trust for operating a blood bank without valid licence, separating blood components without expertise and illegally supplying to hospitals.Read More
Get Voluntary Donor For Blood Transfusion To Cut Infection Risk NEW DELHI, 8 MARCH 2018: If you need blood transfusion, it’s better to get a voluntary donor than depend entirely on hospital stock. That’s because blood collected through replacement donations have a high rate of infection. Read More
Private Hospitals Flouting Law Patna, 7 March 2018: Several private hospitals in the state capital are flouting The Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010, the government accepted on Tuesday, but said it was helpless in the face of a Patna High Court order restraining it from taking punitive action against such hospitals. Read More
9 Years After Botched-Up Cataract Surgery, Borivli Doctor To Pay Rs. 5 Lakh Compensation MUMBAI, 8 MARCH 2018: The state consumer commission has upheld a district forum order directing a Borivli doctor to pay ₹ 5 lakh compensation to a patient for a botched-up cataract surgery in 2009. The state commission dismissed the appeal submitted by Dr Hitesh Chheda and directed him to pay an additional Rs 25,000 to the patient, Ramesh Dedhia, as costs. Read More
Anti-Counterfeiting Summit Lists Steps For Curbing Counterfeits Mumbai, 27 Feb 2018: Counterfeiting being a wide-spread issue across various industries, it all finally boils down to how companies can create awareness among consumers on understanding benefits of original products and hazards of the counterfeits, according to experts at the Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Protection Summit 2018 organized by Inventicon to discuss latest trends, challenges and issues faced by organisations to fight counterfeiting in India. Read More
Global Injections
Method To Predict Drug Stability Could Lead To More Effective Medicines Copenhagen, 5 March 2018: Researchers from the UK and Denmark have developed a new method to predict the physical stability of drug candidates, which could help with the development of new and more effective medicines for patients. Read More
Japanese Makers Advance Efforts To Recycle Costly Medical Devices Tokyo, 10 March 2018: Japan’s health-care industry is aiming to reduce waste, cut costs and catch up with its U.S. and German counterparts in the process by recycling single-use devices (SUDs) used in surgeries and other procedures. Read More

Experts Call For Action On Diabetes Medicines In India Washington, 6 March 2018: India has one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the world, and there is now "growing national and international concern" about the drug regulatory system there, which allows use of a drug treatment that has not been shown effective or safe, say researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the U.K.'s Newcastle University in a paper published today in the British Medical Journal.Read More

US FDA Announces Availability Of The Guidance, “E18 Genomic Sampling And Management Of Genomic Data” Maryland, 2 March 2018: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of the final guidance for industry entitled “E18 Genomic Sampling and Management of Genomic Data”. The guidance was prepared under the auspices of the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH), formerly the International Conference on Harmonisation. FDA finalized the guidance after carefully reviewing comments received on the draft guidance with the same name published in June 2016. The final guidance contains the same basic principles from the draft guidance, and includes revisions to the guideline to address comments received and to provide greater clarity.Read More

New Blood Test Could Help Diagnose Concussions Maryland, 26 Feb 2018: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to marketing a blood test that could determine whether an adult is suffering from a concussion.Read More

PSM PILL

Safe Savings Tip – Ask What The Cash Price For Your Prescription Would Be

March 5, 2018: As reported to the New York Times, Americans in most states are not aware that their pharmacists are barred from letting them know that they could save money on their prescription if they just paid the cash price instead of using their insurance. It seems counterintuitive, but it does happen. Asking your pharmacist what the cash price would be may end up saving you some money.

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THE GROWING NEXUS BETWEEN NARCOS AND COUNTERFEIT MEDICINES

Netflix DEA NARCOS agents Javier Pena (DEA Special Agent (Ret.) and Steve Murphy (DEA Special Agent (Ret.) describe the growing nexus between illicit drug traffickers and counterfeit medicines.www.safemedicines.org

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Frequently Asked Questions Part 2- All you wanted to know on Universal Health Coverage
(Part 1 in 1st March issue of The Prescription)

Q1: How can one avail of UHC services?
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The process of providing you with quality health care under this new system is an easy one. To access the health benefits offered you must first be registered with UHC. Every citizen will be issued an IT-enabled National Health Entitlement Card (NHEC) that will ensure cashless transactions of services. It will also be mobile across the country and contain the individual’s health information.
Q2: How will medicines be supplied?
Ans: People will get free access to medicines. Drugs included in the published UHC package will be provided at all participating facilities and you have access to this medication under UHC coverage. The government will ensure availability of free essential medicines by increasing public spending on drug procurement and purchasing more drugs in bulk.Read More>>>

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The serious health hazards of synthetic fragrances

Adding a ‘pleasant’ smelling chemical to our bodies and air will not only affect our own health, but the health of the other people and pets who share the space with us. Experts have long been warning us about the potential dangers of synthetic ingredients in strong perfumes that last all day and that in some cases cause headaches, sneezing and nausea. Read More

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