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Pooja Khaitan


Every year, your family probably faces its share of colds, sore throats, and viruses. When you bring your child or you go to the doctor for these illnesses, do you automatically expect a prescription for antibiotics?
Many people do. And they're surprised, maybe even angry, if they leave the doctor's office empty-handed — after all, what parent doesn't want their kid to get well as quickly as possible or doesn’t want themselves to be healthy again? But your doctor could be doing you and your child a favor by not reaching for the prescription pad.
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National Injections
House panel wants Health Ministry to decide banning Analgin in a month
NEW DELHI, May, 2013: A panel of Parliament members has called for banning Analgin, discarded in many countries but continued to be marketed in India. The authorities, however, want to have it examined by the new drug advisory committee and placed it under pharmacovigilance programme.
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Dabur and Ranbaxy among ads under ASCI scanner in Feb
NEW DELHI, May, 2013: In February 2013, the Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) of Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) witnessed a sharp increase in the number of complaints against ads in the healthcare category. The category had 36 complaints upheld.
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JK to get drugs analyzed at CDSCO laboratories
SRINAGAR, May, 2013: Union Health Ministry’s Drug Control Organization has agreed to open its drugs analysis facilities to Jammu and Kashmir strained by poor infrastructure and witnessing outrage over supply of substandard medicines to the government-run hospitals.
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Drug control department intensifies inspection
Kochi, May, 2013: In an initiative to check Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) violation, the Kerala Drugs Control Department has intensified inspection in all the retail shops in Ernakulam region. The Ernakulam region of the Drugs Control Department covers Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Idukki districts. The drive is to zero in on manufacturing companies which are engaged in the unethical practice of overcharging consumers for essential and other drugs.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
Directives for Prescribing Generic Medicines

NEW DELHI, May, 2013 (PIB) : The duties and responsibilities of the physicians as prescribed under the Code of Medical Ethics in the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 contain the provision that every physician should, as far as possible, prescribe drugs with generic names and he / she shall ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs.

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License for Manufacturing Generic Anti-Cancer Drugs

NEW DELHI, 2013 (PIB): The prices of drugs for many diseases, including cancer, have become extremely unaffordable for the common man in this country, which have also increased the pressures on the public health programmes. Compulsory licenses under the Indian Patents Act, 1970 can be issued to generic producers. Generic version of the drugs leads to significant price reductions in developing countries.

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Global Injections
Antibiotics not effective for coughs

ENGLAND : The use of antibiotics in primary care is in the spotlight again after new research suggested that their use to treat persistent coughs (not caused by pneumonia) is "ineffective". The European-wide study involved 2,061 patients with acute lower-respiratory-tract infections in whom pneumonia was not suspected, who were randomised to receive either amoxicillin or a placebo.

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Anti-Depressant Link to Clostridium Difficile Infection

Washington, May, 2013 : Certain types of anti-depressants have been linked to an increase in the risk of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) finds a study in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine. Awareness of this link should improve identification and early treatment of CDI.

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