The Prescription: 17th May Issue
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Pooja Khaitan

Greetings to all our encouraging subscribers! The entire PSM-India team is grateful for the valuable inputs, advice and suggestions by various experts and readers. This motivates us to create more awareness and bring in more informations for consumers!
Online shopping has become a rage in India and consumers are getting lured by their misleading ads. Medicines are too getting sold online and without prescriptions. This edition of The Prescription captures the evils of selling medicnes online without prescriptions while also focusing on the most dangerous products ordered online. Hope our articles on this menace changes your perspective as an online shopper.
This edition conveys information about an acute disease condition like Asthma which has really affected urban children in India and the world over. Around 100 million patients are suffering from this respiratory ailment which can be very serious if not treated timely. Know more on it under PSM India capsules and follow the various links to know more on the disease posted by various websites on the eve of World Asthma Day!


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5th May was World Asthma Day, an event that is becoming increasingly relevant, as the number and percentage of people suffering from the disease continue to rise. Asthma is a chronic disease and under wrong conditions or delayed medication can be fatal. It has been claimed to be the single most common acute disease of childhood across the developing world.

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National Injections
Karnataka DC acts against 2 online traders for violating D&C Rules, cancels licenses Bengaluru, 2015: Karnataka Drugs Control department has issued show cause notices and cancelled the trade licences of two online pharmacy vendors namely VLN Nirman Pharma and Medybiz. These Bengaluru based companies sought licenses from the Karnataka Drugs Control department as wholesale druggists. Read More
Three held for making and supplying fake drugs New Delhi, May 2015: The Crime Branch apprehended three persons for manufacturing and supplying spurious drugs and recovered 10 cartons of medicines during a raid on a factory in Mohali this week. Police registered a case under sections of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act as well as under sections 420 (cheating) and 468 (forgery) of the IPC.Read More
Infant dies 2 days after being administered vaccine at PGIChandigarh, 2015: A two-month-old child died two days after being administered a five-in-one vaccine, Pentavalent, at the Advanced Paediatrics Centre (APC) of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. The UT drug controller on Saturday sealed the stock of the vaccine at the shop from where the vaccine had been purchased. Read More
Blood banks across Maharashtra state negligent in saving rare 'Bombay blood group'Mumbai, May, 2015: Even as many government run blood banks have come under scanner for irregularities in complying with guidelines of National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) in terms of collection, storage and pricing of blood, blood banks across the state have also been found negligent towards saving the rarest of rare Bombay blood group or h/h blood group, also known as Oh -type blood. Read More
Telangana government bans online sale of medicinesHYDERABAD, May, 2015: Prominent online pharmacy stores were in for surprise, as Telangana Drug Control Administration (DCA) instructed prominent online pharmacies in the state to immediately stop the sale of all drugs online. Director of DCA Akun Sabharwal said that Drugs and Cosmetics clearly mentions that any supply of drugs is to be made under supervision of a registered pharmacist against the written prescription of a registered medical practitioner. Read More
KDPMA alerts DCGI on circulation of unapproved FDCs across central-state government hospital supply chainBengaluru, May, 2015: Karnataka Drugs and Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (KDPMA) has brought to the notice of the Drugs Controller General of India that several unapproved fixed dose combinations (FDCs) are in circulation in the Central and State government hospital supply chain. Read More
Introduction of Injectable Inactivated Polio VaccinationNew Delhi, May, 2015: The Government proposes to introduce injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in its on-going Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) simultaneously with the existing Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) under the UIP. As a part of Polio Endgame Strategy, IPV is to be given as an additional dose at 14th week along with DPT3 & OPV3.Read More
Drug Laws & Policy Injections
CDSCO plans to develop thermo stable vaccinesNew Delhi, May, 2015: As India is witnessing wastage of at least 50 per cent of vaccines stocked by various healthcare agencies owing to heat exposure, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has decided to explore the idea of developing thermostable vaccines. According to experts, such vaccines will be ideal for a country like India where vaccine distribution takes several months. Read More
Health ministry to implement track & trace system for domestic drug supply soon Mumbai, 2015: Health ministry is planning to implement track and trace system for drugs circulating in the domestic market, to check the menace of counterfeit and spurious drugs within the country. If things go as planned, the Centre plans to amend the Drugs & Cosmetics Act and rules to modify it as per the submitted recommendations in the coming months. Task Force, which was chaired by Dr H G Koshia, Commissioner of Gujarat FDCA, had submitted its recommendation on the requirement for adopting an effective track and trace system in 2012. Read More
Health ministry to amend provision under Schedule Y of Drug Rules for authentic data Mumbai, 2015: The Union Health Ministry will soon amend a provision under Schedule Y of the Drugs & Cosmetics Rules, 1945 regarding the authenticity of the clinical data or documents submitted by the applicant companies. Read More
Pharma Injections
Post-earthquake PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) May 2015:
• Earthquake can result in PTSD.
• Differences in neuroanatomy, neurotransmitters and brain functioning have been found in individuals with the disorder..
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Smell check, scratch and sniff, a new test for Parkinson’s disease Olfactory dysfunction presenting as odour detection, discrimination, and identification is a common finding in patients with early non vascular Parkinson’s disease. As per a study of 2,267 men published in the Annals of Neurology, an impaired sense of smell could be an early indicator of Parkinson’s disease, occurring up to four years before motor skill problems appear. Read More
Some important drug related informations:- Tomato reduces prostate cancer risk
Consumption of lycopene–containing foods, especially tomato and its products is prostate friendly. A prospective study of a cohort of over 50,000 men from the Health Professionals Follow–up Study in J Natl Cancer Inst 2014;106(2):djt430 suggests that dietary intake of lycopene is associated with a lower incidence of prostate cancer and a decreased risk of lethal prostate cancer. These effects may be mediated through inhibition of tumour angiogenesis.
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Global Injections
Fake AIDS, TB and malaria medicines causing thousands of deaths 2015:The trade in fake malaria, HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis drugs is again in the spotlight, amid fears that they are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in poor countries. Read More
Falsified Humira found in Germany May, 2015: A parallel importer has discovered counterfeits of AbbVie's blockbuster Humira in the German supply chain. The fakes of Humira (adalimumab) - the world's biggest-selling drug with turnover of $11bn last year from use in rheumatoid arthritis, Read More

Launch of PSI-San Diego School of Medicine study on Counterfeit Drug Penetration into Global Legitimate Medicine Supply ChainsThe American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene launched a special supplement “The Global Pandemic of Falsified Medicines: Laboratory and Field Innovations and Policy Perspectives” comprised of 17 articles on falsified and substandard medicines. Read More

Consumers beware: The most dangerous products to order online2015: A mother in Britain is mourning the loss of her 21-year-old daughter after the woman consumed diet pills she’d purchased online. Eloise Aimee Parry accidentally overdosed on pills that contained the toxic ingredient dinitrophenol (DNP). A lethal dose is two tablets; Parry had taken eight.Read More

Drug Dopes
Bharat Biotech develops vaccine for Ebola, trials on mice show positive results Hyderabad, 2015: Ella Foundation of Bharat Biotech has successfully tested a preliminary vaccine for Ebola on mice. Ella Foundation has been trying to find a suitable vaccine to check the deadly viral disease that shook the world recently. Read More
India’s first Nicotine Patch, 2baconil launched by Rusan Healthcare Mumbai, 2015 : India’s first fully indigenous nicotine patch 2baconil was recently launched by Rusan Healthcare Pvt Ltd, a marketing arm of the parent company Rusan Pharma Ltd, which is a global pharmaceutical company with interests in R&D, Manufacturing and Marketing of formulations, APIs and their intermediates. With 270 million Indians addicted to tobacco in one form or the other, with the launch of 2baconil patches a new form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is now available in India to the doctors and patients seeking treatment for tobacco de-addiction. Read More
BGS Global Hospitals unveils Robotic Assisted Pain Management Technology in Karnataka Bengaluru, 2015: BGS Global Hospitals, a super specialty quaternary care, has introduced the first Robotic Assisted Pain Management Technology in Karnataka. The Robotic Assisted Pain Management Technology can help to ease aches in the lower back, neck pain, Headache, hip, knee, migraine, and pain due to cancer, besides shoulder, elbow, wrist pain, chronic abdominal pain, arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, post stroke pain, multiple sclerosis, musculoskeletal injuries and other work related injuries. Read More
USFDA approved Glatopa May 2015: Glatopa, the first generic version of Copaxone (Glatiramer acetate injection) has received the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) approval for treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). The indicated dose of Glatopa is 20 mg/ml, once daily. The drug was jointly developed by Sandoz and Momenta. Read More
Wockhardt recalls some drugs from US market Mumbai, 2015: Wockhardt Ltd will recall all remaining batches of medicines in the US that were manufactured at two of its Indian plants before the US regulator imposed an import ban on the facilities. Read More
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Counterfeit Botox and other counterfeit injectable beauty treatments: An epidemic of black market and counterfeit injectable beauty treatments have threatened the health of women all over the United States. In Texas one woman died and 33 required medical attention after being injected with industrial silicone that was sold as an injectable beauty treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What are Nutraceuticals?
Answer: Nutraceuticals are products that provide health and medicinal benefits, including the prevention and treatment of diseases in addition to the basic nutritional value found in foodstuff. They are used to promote general well-being, control symptoms and prevent malignant processes. Nutraceuticals are broadly classified as Functional foods and Dietary Supplements.
Functional foods are consumed as part of the usual diet, and are demonstrated to have physiological benefits and/or reduce the risk of chronic disease beyond basic nutritional functions. These products help prevent a disease or compromised health condition and/or improve physical or mental performance. Nutraceuticals ingredients like omega-3 fatty acids (e.g. DHA) can be targeted at heart health or general cognitive health based formulations. Examples of functional foods are Omega Fatty Acid Fortified Foods, Probiotic Fortified Foods, Branded Iodinated Salt, Fictional Beverages like Energy Drinks, Sports Drinks, Fortified Juices etc.
Dietary Supplements are defined as any product containing dietary ingredients intended to supplement a diet. Dietary ingredients in these products may include vitamins, minerals, herbs, or other botanicals, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues, glandular and metabolites. Examples of Dietary Supplements are Vitamin and Mineral Supplements, Herbal Supplements, Protein Supplements, Chyawanprash etc.

Q2. What is a Drug food interaction?
Answer: A drug-food interaction occurs when the food you eat affects the ingredients in a medicine you are taking so the medicine cannot work the way it should or cause a side effect from a medicine to get worse or better or cause a new side effect. Due to drug-food interaction the medicine can also change the way your body uses a food. Drug-food interactions can happen with both prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including antacids, vitamins and iron pills, so always ask your doctor and or pharmacist before initiating any course of medication.
Not all medicines are affected by food, but many medicines can be affected by what you eat and when you eat it. For example - Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) e.g. Omeprazole, Pantoprazole, Esomeprazole etc. are very common for chronic acidity and gas. They work by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach. The food may delay or decrease absorption on PPIs, so they are recommended to take in empty stomach for maximum absorption and efficacy.
On the other hand, some medicines are easier to tolerate when taken with food. For example- Common Painkillers and Anti-Inflammatory Drugs like Aspirin, Diclofenac, Ibuprofen and Antipyretics Paracetamol are always recommended to administer with food or milk to avoid stomach upset. These medicines may even cause stomach bleeding for alcoholic patients, especially to those who drink three or more alcoholic drinks every day.

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