The Prescription: 17th November 2016 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan


Welcome to yet another edition of our newsletter.

With immense pleasure, we announce that Patient Solidarity Day 2016 will be held on 3rd Dec 2016, jointly organized by Consumer Online Foundation, PSM-India and Mata Anandamayee Hospital. The proceedings will take place at BHU in Varanasi, UP. Details on our facebook page and in the invitation shared in PSM India capsule. Also read about the great success of the ongoing postcard campaign launched by PSM India in this section. The pictures say it all.

With USA getting their 45th President we need to wait and watch the effects of his policies. This edition of the Prescription features an interesting article on what the incoming Trump Administration may mean to the FDA. Catch details of it in our Global injections.

The country's drug regulators are all charged up against e-pharmacies and are leaving no stone unturned in cracking down upon them. Read more on this and why China is on radar with their medicine imports; the Chemists strike on 23rd November and more about why antibiotics should not be used after surgery and Breast Cancer killing one woman in every 75 seconds are some of the major articles from National Injections and Pharma Injections.


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Patient Solidarity Day 2016


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Postcard campaign continues in full swing

Demand to the Govt. for allocating 5% of the GDP on healthcare and the need for Universal Health coverage for all is going on in full swing through the POSTCARD campaign initiative started by PSM India. There has been tremendous response from citizens all over the country and a special mention to Mr. A.V.S. Deekshit from Telangana state for his continuous dedicated support to the cause. It's time you posted your card and did your bit for your healthy future.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Health ministry to amend Sch D-1, D-11 of D&C Rules regarding GMP certificate for import of drugs into India Mumbai, November, 2016 : The Union health ministry will soon amend Schedule D I and Schedule D II of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 regarding the GMP certification by the regulatory authority of the country of origin for import of drugs into India. Read More
New drugs may soon be considered 'new' for 10 years instead of 4 New Delhi, Nov 2016: A committee of secretaries has proposed that in the interest of better and more effective regulation, the period for which a new drug is considered "new" should be extended to 10 years instead of the current four. As per Rule l22E of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, "a new drug shall continue to be considered a new drug for a period of four years from the date of its first approval"Read More
CDSCO plans to launch centralised portal towards regulating online pharmacyMumbai, Nov 2016: As a part of framing a policy on the use of information technology in online pharmacy, Central Drug Standards Control Organization (CDSCO) is planning to launch a centralised online system which will help make use of new technologies to deliver medicines effectively in a regulated and feasible manner. Read More
DoP directs NPPA to re-fix ceiling price of Propanolol 40mg tabletsMumbai, November, 2016: The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has directed the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to re-fix the ceiling price of Propanolol 40mg tablets. The DoP's order in this regard came after examining the review application filed by Abbott Healthcare Pvt. Ltd against price fixation of “Propanolol 40 mg tablets” by the NPPA. Read More
Drug consultative committee to deliberate online pharmacy norms this weekMumbai, Nov 2016: Drug consultative committee under the Union health ministry is likely to meet on November 4 and November 6 to deliberate on aspects related to information technology which can be aligned with the drug regulations existing currently to suit patient needs among other major pain points. Read More
CIPI urges DoP to exempt SSIs from several provisions of DPCO-2013 on lines of DPCO-1995Mumbai, November, 2016 : The Confederation of Indian Pharmaceutical Industry (CIPI), an association of small scale pharma units in the country, has urged the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) to exempt SSIs from several provisions of DPCO, 2013 on the lines of exemptions granted to them from the provisions of paragraph 8 of the Drugs (Price Control) Order, (DPCO) 1995. Read More
Pharma Injections
Antibiotics should not be used after surgery: WHONew Delhi, Nov 2016: Antibiotics should only be used to prevent infections before and during surgery and not afterwards, new guidelines issued by World Health Organisation (WHO), which aim to save lives, cut costs and arrest the spread of superbugs, said on Thursday.Read More
Breast Cancer kills one woman every 75 secondsNov 16: According to recent statistics, a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed every 29 seconds. Moreover, the mastectomy rate in India is more than 90 per cent, which is double the rate of US. The reason is that most of the Indian patients are in advanced stages of breast cancer at the time of diagnoses. Dr Kanchan Kaur, Associate Director, Medanta Breast services says, “Breast cancer develops due to multiple factors, interplay of which is still not very well understood.” Read More
One-fourth of pregnant women above 35 risk miscarriage: Study NOV 2016: Age is often the number that pushes women into the high risk category in pregnancy. And a new finding has reinforced the concept of the biological clock. Read More
Alzheimer's drug clears away sticky plaque in the brain NOVEMBER 2016: A pioneering new drug has been shown to clear away sticky clumps of plaque in the brain, thought to be a primary cause of Alzheimer's, and is now in final trials. Read More
Low-oxygen environment may reverse heart disease Normal, healthy heart muscle is well-supplied with oxygen-rich blood, but a new study says that very low oxygen levels -- about the concentration at the top of Mt. Everest -- may help reverse heart disease. Read More
Technology can treat epilepsy, claim experts New Delhi, Nov 2016: Health experts claim that epilepsy can be treated and the treatment is simpler with advanced technology. With significant advancement in healthcare technology, epilepsy can be taken care of say experts. 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
Teva receives US FDA approval for generic Tribenzor Jerusalem, November, 2016: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. announced approval of generic Tribenzor (olmesartan medoxomil, amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide) tablets in the US and is in the final stages of launch preparation. Teva also recently received approval and launched generic Azor (amlodipine and olmesartan medoxomil) tablets in the US. These products enhance Teva’s antihypertensive portfolio. Read More
Breakthrough malaria drug likely by '18 Nov 2016: Contrary to the perception that drug research is mostly focused around the diseases of the elite, the antimalarial drug pipeline has increased nearly three-fold since 2008, with at least three new medicines expected to be launched in two to five years. Read More
WHO now issues draft guidance to test suspected spurious, falsely-labelled, falsified and counterfeit medicines Bengaluru, Nov 2016: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now issued draft guidance to test suspected spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit (SFFC) medicines. It expects the industry to comment before January 10, 2017. Read More
Rates of nearly 2000 medicines to become cheaper by 90%: JP Nadda Jabalpur, Nov 2016: While addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony of the proposed Super Specialty Block of Jabalpur Medical College, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said, that the prices of approximately 2000 medicines will be slashed up to 90%, making it lesser than the maximum retail price (MRP). Read More
Counterfeit drugs: 884 medical stores raided in Punjab BAHAWALPUR, NOV 2016: The drug control authority raided 884 medical stores across Punjab during October and sealed 68 of them for selling counterfeit drugs. In addition, the drug control authority officials collected samples of 87 medicines and arrested 13 shop owners over irregularities. Besides, 69 cases were registered against quacks and more than Rs2.6 million fines were imposed. Read More
National Injections
Drug regulator orders crackdown on sale of medicines on e-pharmacies New Delhi, Nov 2016: The country's top drug regulator has asked state drug controllers to crack down on e-pharmacies selling prescription drugs because they are not allowed to do so under the law. Read More
Man gets 3-yr jail for drug sale Amritsar, Nov 2016: A local court here has sentenced a person to three years of imprisonment for selling medicines without a valid licence from the state drug authority. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh. Read More
Instances of import of spurious drugs puts China on radar New Delhi, Nov 11 (PTI): China is on the "radar" of the Indian government after a few instances of import of spurious and sub-standard drugs from the country were reported, said officials of a regulatory body for pharmaceuticals. Read More
Panel says only low-risk medicines can be sold online New Delhi, Nov 2016: A sub-committee formed under the Drugs Consultative Committee, a statutory body under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, has recommended that low-risk medicines or non-scheduled drugs such as Crocin, cough syrups and similar drugs could be sold online, a source in the know of the matter told Business Standard. Read More
Quack who owned hospital, another held in Alanganallur MADURAI, NOV 2016: The arrest of two quacks, one who studied only up to third standard but owned a hospital, and the other who completed tenth and provided medication for piles, shook the city on Tuesday. Read More
Rare liver surgery carried out on infant Hyderabad, Nov 2016: Apollo Hospitals said it performed a "rare" liver transplant on a six and half month baby boy weighing 5.5 kgs. The Liver Transplant team at the hospital at Jubilee Hills here led by Dr Manish C Varma, Chief Transplant Surgeon performed the critical surgery on the baby boy, who was suffering from Biliary atresia. Read More
Chemists call for strike on November 23 against E-pharmacy Mumbai, Nov 2016: All India Organization of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD), an apex body of about eight lakh members involved in sale & distribution of medicines, on Wednesday called for a nationwide strike on November 23 demanding action from the Centre against “illegal” online sale of medicines. Read More
Global Injections
What the Incoming Trump Administration may Mean for FDA As pharmaceutical and biotech company stocks saw a quick rise in share prices yesterday, investors seem to believe the incoming Donald Trump administration and the avoidance of a California ballot measure on drug pricing will have a positive impact on the sector as a whole, at least financially. Read More
After Thailand, Vietnam reports first microcephaly case that might be linked to Zika! Hanoi : The first case of microcephaly linked to mosquito-borne virus Zika has been reported in Vietnam. The victim is a 4-month-old girl born in central Vietnam. She has an abnormally small head and was born to a mother confirmed to have had the virus when she was pregnant. Read More

Human Antibody Shields Mouse Foetuses Against Zika

PARIS, NOV 2016: An antibody produced by the human body shielded unborn mice against Zika, a study said on Nov 7 (Monday), raising hopes for thwarting the virus known to cause brain damage in human foetuses.Read More

First drug-resistant fungal infections identified in USWashington, Nov 2016: Thirteen individuals have become ill from a serious and sometimes fatal fungal infection previously unseen in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on 4th Nov.Read More

'Lazy Mosquitoes' Mean More Women Than Men Get Chikungunya: ScientistsLONDON, NOV 2016: "Lazy mosquitoes" are the reason why women, who tend to spend more time at home than men, are more likely to be infected by chikungunya, a painful mosquito-borne viral disease which spreads the same way as Zika, researchers said on Monday.Read More

Prostate cancer spread can be predicted through tumour cells in blood samplesNov 2016: A new study says that researchers have found a group of circulating tumour cells in prostate cancer patient blood samples which are linked to the spread of the disease. This is the first time these cell types have been shown to be a promising marker for prostate cancer spread.Read More

Childhood Cancer Survivors Living Longer But Not Always BetterNov 2016: Despite three decades of advancements in treating children with cancer, patients who survive into adulthood don't report better physical or mental health than their counterparts who were treated years ago, researchers report.Read More


Pakistani “BRAD PITT” indicted in 2012 on counterfeit drug charges finally sentenced

Indicted in absentia in 2012, Junaid Qadir, part owner of a clandestine medication importer based in Pakistan has finally been forced to face U.S. justice.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. Pneumonia: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
Answer: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. It is characterized primarily by inflammation of the alveoli in the lungs or by alveoli that are filled with fluid (alveoli are microscopic sacs in the lungs that absorb oxygen).
At times a very serious condition, pneumonia can make a person very sick or even cause death. Although the disease can occur in young and healthy people, it is most dangerous for older adults, babies, and people with other diseases or impaired immune systems..Read More>>>


Counterfeit drugs: A growing menace

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Mr. Milind, Pharmacist, New Delhi

According to FDA, Counterfeit or sub-standard drugs are medicines that may be contaminated or contain the wrong or no active ingredient. They could have the right active ingredient but at the wrong dose. Counterfeit medicines are illegal and can be harmful to one’s health. Read More

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