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PSM India 17th November Newsletter
News Archive
Editor's Emulsion

Pooja Khaitan


As we delightfully trace our journey from when it began in September 2010, we see ourselves having come a long way forward in our cause of creating awareness about unsafe medicines in India. PSM India has since been committed in putting forth viewpoints to the Indian Government policies regarding protecting our drugs and keeping our citizens Safe.
A special mention to The Government of India, FDA, CDSCO, IPC, Pharmexcil, other dedicated Drug regulators, controllers and pharmacists and few pharma industries for having taken this cause seriously and helped in taking measures for a safer nation.
We still have a long way to go before we may pause to applaud ourselves for the work being done but yes, every long and successful journey starts with a single step and that step has been taken !
We shall not relax till the time we have reached our goal of a drug safe country.

If you have any suggestions, comments or queries, please email me at pooja@safemedicinesindia.in.
You may find our previous issues on our website www.safemedicinesindia.in or in the NEWS ARCHIVE section of every PSM NEWZ issue , in case you’ve missed any of them. You may also look us up on Facebook .

Call PSM India toll free helpline 1800 - 11- 4424, to bring cases of spurious medicines or any kind of adverse drug reaction to the notice of the authorities.
Please visit our website www.safemedicinesindia.in if you wish to learn about us .
To register a complaint kindly visit our consumer redressal website www.consumerconexion.org

Stay Safe; Stay Healthy !!
Best wishes ,

Pooja Khaitan
Chief Editor ,
Partnership for Safe Medicines India.


Partnership For Safe Medicine’s 4Th Annual Medicine Safety Conference Success At Newseum In Washington, Dc

On October 24th, the Partnership for Safe Medicines gathered stakeholders in the efforts to combat counterfeit medicine in Washington D.C. for a one-day conference at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center. This was the 4th annual conference, focused on U. S. drug supply chain security and the safety of American patients.

Dose of the day

HEALTH and SAFETY of patients should always prevail over profit.
Mr. Bejon Misra ,
Founder head , PSM India Initiative

National Injections
Chennai racket smuggling 'Viagra' busted
SITAPATHI,CHENNAI, NOV 2013: Central drug control authorities raided a Mylapore-based pharma agency and seized sildenafil citrate (sold in the market also as Viagra) meant for smuggling abroad. The drug distributor had been sending the drug through courier to the Middle East and western countries.
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DC officials in Gurgaon raid premises of fake doctors, seize huge stocks of medicines
CHENNAI, 2013: The enforcement officials of the Gurgaon zone of the drugs control department of Haryana along with police and health department staff raided 20 clinics of fake doctors in Gurgaon, Narnol and Rewadi districts and seized huge quantities of medicines kept in their consulting rooms.

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FDA suspends licenses of Goa pharmacies flouting drug norms
PANAJI, 2013: In a bid to check misuse of psychotropic substances supplied through various pharmacies, the Goa Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) department has started suspending licenses of retailers found violating the laws. Eight licenses have been suspended for violating various provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945, during the current financial year till September 30, FDA Director Salim A Veljee said.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
After High Court disallows ban, Government to put warning on anti-depressant

New Delhi,Nov 2013: Left red-faced after yet another drug ban order failed to pass judicial scrutiny, the government is set to pass an order that anti-depressant Deanxit should be sold with a warning in red that the drug is to be sold only on the prescription of a registered psychiatrist. A notification regarding this will soon be issued under section 26A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

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Union Government notifies draft rules on phyto-pharmaceuticals to assess plant-based drugs

BENGALURU, Nov 2013: Union government has notified draft rules on phyto-pharmaceuticals that will form the basis for a regulatory system to evaluate and get approvals of plant-based drugs. The draft is a further amendment to the Drugs & Cosmetic Rules 1945 which will be known as the Drugs & Cosmetics 5th (Amendment) Rules 2013.

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7th Edition of IP 2014 Released By Shri.Ghulam Nabi Azad

NEW DELHI, Nov 2013 (PIB): The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad released the 7th edition of Indian Pharmacopoeia 2014 – a book of Drug Standards at the Nirman Bhawan. The Minister congratulated the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission and the expert members of the Scientific Body, IPC staff and various other professionals and organizations for this achievement.

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Global Injections
FDA Investigates Acute Hepatitis Illnesses Potentially Linked to Products Labeled OxyElite Pro

On November 9, 2013, USPlabs LLC, of Dallas, Texas, recalled certain OxyElite Pro dietary supplement products that the company markets. The company took this action after receiving a letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stating that the products have been linked to liver illnesses and that there is a reasonable probability that the products are adulterated.

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NAFDAC seizes fake vaccines in Enugu

ENUGU, Nov 2013: The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has seized two bags of tetanus vaccines worth N2.5 million at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.The head of the NAFDAC office in the airport, Mr John Okwori, told newsmen on Friday that the vaccines were seized on Oct.

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Police nab 17 fake-drug manufacturers, dealers

BEIJING, Nov (Xinhua) : Chinese police have captured 17 suspects who were allegedly involved in the production and sale of counterfeit medicines, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced Saturday.Under the direction of the MPS and the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), police and CFDA's provincial branches in Guangxi, Hunan, Anhui and Henan seized more than 16,600 bottles of fake medicine and vaccines, said a statement of the MPS.

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Pharma Injections
Ayush department bans use of prefix & suffix with name of licensed Ayurveda, Siddha & Unani drugs

MUMBAI, Nov 2013: Thousands of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani drug manufacturers in the country have now to change their decades old brand names as the Department of Ayush has banned the use of any prefix or suffix with the name of all licensed Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani medicines.

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Cough medicines linked to surgery complications

CANBERRA, May, 2013: Anaesthetists are calling for 53 cough medicines and lozenges to be withdrawn from the Australian market because of concerns they are causing life-threatening allergic reactions during surgery.

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Global Injections
Prescriptions must be stamped once medicines dispensed from it
(Contribution by Deepak Barai )

Whenever consumers walk into a pharmacy for medicines against their prescriptions , a pharmacist must always stamp the prescription with his medical shop details and date.

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