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Pooja Khaitan


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Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder that affects the production of haemoglobin in the body. In India thalassemia majorly affects over 1, 00,000 people and over 8,000 reported thalassemia births take place every year. Thalassemia has no cure and people living with this disease require regular blood transfusions as an effective measure to prolong life.

The need of the hour is to have a National Policy on thalassemia, which will help in not just creating awareness about the disease but also ensure treatment for all and strategies to prevent its spread. Read more on it in this issue of PSM-India Capsules.


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Need for a National Policy on Thalassemia

Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder that affects the production of haemoglobin in the body, resulting in severe anaemia. The irregularity results in improper oxygen transport and destruction of red blood cells. The term thalassemia was derived from the Greek word "thalassa" meaning the ocean as the patients were initially identified along the coast of Mediterranean Sea by leading scientists Lee & Cooley in 1925. The first case of thalassemia in India was reported in 1938. Thalassemia has no cure and people living with this disease require regular blood transfusions as an effective measure to prolong life.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
IPA urges government to adopt price monitoring of drugs instead of price controlMumbai, May, 2017: With an aim to ensure accessibility and availability of quality drugs to the public at large, the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) has urged department of pharmaceuticals (DoP) to restructure Drug (Prices Control) Order, 2013 by shifting focus from excessive price control of scheduled drugs and devices to the moderate price monitoring of all scheduled as well as non-scheduled drugs and devices.Read More
AIOCD to hold nationwide strike on May 30 to protest against e-portal proposal Mumbai, May, 2017: All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD) has decided to go on a nationwide strike on May 30 to protest against the health ministry's proposal to regulate sale of drug through e-portal as well as implementation of online pharmacy.Read More
CDSCO, Maha FDA joint inspections to fix lacunae at blood banks over inadequate staff and equipmentMumbai, May, 2017: The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) and the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are planning to commence joint inspections of blood banks followed by compliance and verification visits in all the 59 blood banks of the city. Read More
AIOCD demands changes in DPCO provisions to ensure availability, affordability of drugsMumbai, May, 2017: The All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD), an apex body of 8 lakh chemists and druggists across the country, has demanded amendment to certain provisions of Drug (Prices Control) Order, 2013 to make drug pricing policy more robust and transparent thereby improving availability, affordability and accessibility of drugs for patients. Read More
Health ministry approves AMTZ to host help desk for implementation of Medical Devices Rules, 2017Mumbai, May, 2017: In order to facilitate regulation of medical device with classification system as stipulated in medical device rules, 2017 among other aspects like sale and distribution, import and labeling of medical devices, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) K L Sharma has permitted AMTZ to host a dedicated help desk for understanding and smooth implementation of Medical Device Rules, 2017. Read More
Pharma Injections
Scientists find new way to fight harmful bacteriaNew Delhi, May 2017: Researchers have cracked the mystery of how our body quickly prevents an infection from spreading uncontrollably during wound healing, an advance that may lead to new ways to counteract harmful bacteria. A new study found that fragments of thrombin - a common blood protein found in wounds - can aggregate both bacteria and their toxins; something that was not see in normal blood plasma.Read More
Indian scientists work on tweaking microbial minions to treat pancreatitisKolkata, May 2017: The gut is the gateway to heath, courtesy the teeming microbial minions. The smarter they are, the better you are. Indian scientists say tweaking the bacterial milieu in the intestine could be potentially therapeutic in treating chronic pancreatitis, a disease that cripples the body`s ability to digest food and regulate blood sugar and could even lead to diabetes.Read More
Pharma industry, trade and hospitals seek clarity on PM's pitch for generic prescriptions Bengaluru, May 2017: Pharma industry, healthcare providers and pharma trade strongly feel that Prime Minister Modi's proposal to make doctors prescribe generic drugs is a mere message to the masses. Since his statement made at Surat in Gujarat on April 17, 2017 there has been no move to formally issue a set of rules as follow up the announcement. According to Sunil Attavar, president, Karnataka Drugs & Pharmaceutical Association (KDPA), subsequent to the Medical Council of India (MCI) of circular and after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's indication to legalise prescribing of only generic drugs to make it affordable for patients, there has been a lot of news reports about the same. Read More
A synthetic retina to help the blind see May 2017: A synthetic, soft tissue retina developed by Oxford University researchers -the first ever made -could offer fresh hope to visually impaired people. Until now, artificial retinas have only been made from hard, rigid materials.The new research is the first to successfully use biological, synthetic tissues developed in a laboratory environment. Read More
Infertility Cases on the Rise: Artificially Sweetened, Aerated Drinks May Be the Culprit May 2017: Talk about health problems and we immediately divert our attention to diseases like cancer and diabetes, but there are several other ailments that are alarmingly on the rise in the recent times mainly due to our unhealthy lifestyle habits. Yes, our sedentary lifestyle is the reason behind various health issues that we get to hear about today, affecting millions everyday. One such health concern from the lot is infertility. A large number of people, both men and women, are facing this issue today. While there are various causes that lead to infertility, one major culprit is aerated drinks, according to a new report.Aerated drinks have almost become a constant in most Indian households. 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
NPPA fixes prices of 15 more drugs New Delhi, April 2017: The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has fixed ceiling prices of 15 more drugs, including those used for treatment of heart ailments, infections, cancer, hypertension and pain relief. Read More
Claims of 165 advertisements in healthcare products found misleading Mumbai, May 2017: The CCC found the following claims of 165 advertisements in health care products or services to be either misleading or false or not adequately / scientifically substantiated and hence violating ASCI's Code. Some of the health care products or services advertisements also contravened provisions of the Drug & Magic Remedies Act and Chapter 1.1 and III.4 of the ASCI Code. Complaints against the following advertisements were UPHELD. Read More
One arrested with 468 bottles of Corex BARI BRAHMANA, APRIL 2017: Police arrested a drug peddler and recovered 468 bottles of corex from his possession. According to a report, a party of police station Bari Brahmana led by SHO Mahesh Sharma while patrolling near railway crossing intercepted a person carrying two bags in suspicious way. Read More
Drug control team raids flat in Patna, seizes 20k capsules PATNA, APRIL 2017: A day after the Bihar health department's drug control authorities and police busted a racket of fake and expired medicines being sold in the market, a team of officials on Saturday recovered 20,000 expired antibiotic capsules of the Bihar Medical Services Infrastructure Corporation Limited (BMSICL) from a tenanted accommodation in the city's Biscomaun Colony. Read More
India needs to build indigenous drug safety database: Pharmacovigilance expert Mumbai, May 2017: There is a need for collaboration between IT industry, DCGI and CDSCO to build robust electronic database for Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI) according to Moin Don, a leading pharmacovigilance expert and chief executive officer and founder of PVCON Consulting Services. That will reduce the country's dependance on Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC)'s drug safety data. Read More
National Injections
73 per cent of doctors oppose push for generic drugs: Study MUMBAI, MAY 2017: Soon after the Prime Minister's push for a law mandating doctors to prescribe medicines with their generic names instead of brands, 73% doctors surveyed across the country have opposed the decision, citing concerns on quality of drugs available. Read More
Tamil Nadu to introduce rotavirus vaccine to combat diarrhoea May 2017: From June, the state government will introduce rotavirus vaccine in the routine immunisation programme to battle severe diarrhoea disease. Tamil Nadu will be among five other states where the vaccine will be introduced as part of the second phase of the initiative by the Centre.The vaccine has already been added to the routine immunisation programme in seven other states.Read More
New writ petition to be filed for 32 hospitals at Delhi HC for overcharging cardiac stents Mumbai, May 2017: Advocate Birender Sangwan has listed 32 hospitals in a single writ petition to be filed at the Delhi High Court (HC) for violation of ceiling price fixed for coronary stents by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) on February 14. He had earlier filed PILs against 18 hospitals at Delhi High Court (HC) for overcharging cardiac stents. Read More
Malaria can be eliminated in India by 2030, according to the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance May 2017: On World Malaria Day, the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) affirmed their conviction that malaria can be eliminated in India, and across the Asia Pacific region as a whole, by 2030. Malaria is endemic in India with approximately 14% of the population or 184 million people in India at high risk of malaria transmission, according to a 2016 World Health Organisation Malaria report. There were 13 million estimated cases and 24,000 estimated deaths associated with malaria in India, in 2015. Read More
Two children die in Bihar after being administered vaccine against Japanese encephalitis, measles Patna, May 2017: Two children died, a day after they were administered vaccination against Japanese encephalitis (JE) as well as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, 70km north of Patna. Read More
Private hospital takes patient hostage over unpaid bills Lucknow, May 2017: A cancer patient held hostage by a private hospital on Kursi Road was rescued by a health team on Friday evening. The authorities also found that the private hospital was running without any documents and extending services in general surgery and gynaecology besides cancer care. Read More
Global Injections
WHO Plans to Bring Cheap Biosimilar Cancer Drugs to Poor LONDON, MAY 2017: The World Health Organization (WHO) is to launch a pilot project this year to assess cheap copies of expensive biotech cancer drugs in a bid to make such medicines more widely available in poorer countries. Read More
Antibiotics doubles risk of miscarriage Washington, May 2017: Many classes of common antibiotics used for treating infections increase the risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy, suggests a study. Researchers from the Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec in Canada certain types of antibiotics... Read More

New test can detect cancer using one of blood

Beijing, May 2017: Chinese scientists have invented a new test that can diagnose multiple kinds of cancer by analysing just a drop of human blood. Researchers at Tsinghua University's School of Life Sciences developed the reagent (mixture) test kit of Hsp90a protein for clinical use..Read More

Noisy knees may predict osteoarthritisNew York, May 2017: Do you hear grating, cracking, or popping sounds when your bend your knees? Beware, it may be an early sign of developing knee osteoarthritis, researchers say.Read More

HIV infection eliminated in 'humanised' miceNew York, May 2017: Scientists have successfully removed HIV DNA from the genomes of animals, including a humanised mice, using a powerful gene-editing tool, an advance that may help eliminate the virus in humans in future.Read More


Alliance For Safe Online Pharmacies Warns That Drug Importation Proposals Get It Wrong

The Morning Consult recently published an op-ed by Libby Baney, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global), a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the growing public health threat of illegal online pharmacies. In the piece, Ms. Baney stated that drug importation proposals are not a safe or effective way to address the rising cost of prescription drugs. She warns that the size of the problem was underestimated on two fronts.

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Prescription Savings Tip: To Save The Most Ask For Generic Lipitor At US Pharmacies

The most commonly prescribed drug in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2016 was atorvastatin calcium, the generic of Lipitor, according to This medication helps to lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Is it cheaper to buy from a Canadian pharmacy? We called a brick-and-mortar pharmacy in Vancouver and were told that a 30-day prescription for 100 20mg tablets of the generic would cost $53 CAD, or about $40 USD after the conversion and foreign transaction fee. A quick search on shows that the same number of pills at the same dosage only costs $19.08 at any Kroger Pharmacy in the U.S. The same prescription cost over 50% less in the U.S. as it does in Canada.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency. Heat stroke -- also known as sunstroke.
Heat stroke can kill or cause damage to the brain and other internal organs. Although heat stroke mainly affects people over age 50, it also takes a toll on healthy young athletes.
Heat stroke often occurs as a progression from milder heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), and heat exhaustion. But it can strike even if you have no previous signs of heat injury. Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures -- usually in combination with dehydration -- which leads to failure of the body's temperature control system. The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, with complications involving the central nervous system that occur after exposure to high temperatures. Other common symptoms include nausea, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma.Read More>>>


Simple ways to Relieve Period Cramps!

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Dr. Shristi Das, Gynecologist, Delhi

Millions of women experience cramps before or during their periods. Cramps are caused by prostaglandins (say: pross-tuh-GLAN-dinz), chemicals a female body produces to make the muscles of the uterus contract. The contracting muscles help push the blood out through the vagina during their period. Read More

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