The Prescription: 17th November 2017 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan


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One in every 20 people suffers from depression while nearly 10 percent of the country’s population suffers from some sort of mental disorders, states the National Mental Health Survey (2016). The country lacks the essential mental healthcare infrastructure and treatment. The data released from the Union ministry of health and family welfare states that the country has only 3,800 psychiatrists and it needs 11,500 more psychiatrists.


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"Our National Mental Health Survey, 2016 found that close to 14 percent of India's population required active mental health interventions. About two percent suffered from severe mental disorders. These are worrying statistics and need to be addressed.”

Ram Nath Kovind
President, India

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India ranks 11th in top 15 countries of Asia Pacific Region, in terms of Mental Healthcare!

With an average of 300 people committing suicide daily in the year 2016, the number of Indians suffering from mental illness exceeds the total population of South Africa, a recently released India Spend report stated. While another study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to evaluate various indicators of mental healthcare, India ranks 11th in a list of 15 countries of the Asia-Pacific region. Currently, India accounts for nearly 6.5 percent of the population who is suffering from some sort of mental illness and is expected that the number will further increase to 20 percent by the end of the year 2020.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Cut practice bill makes IMA see redPune, Nov 2017: The central and state chapters of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have opposed the involvement of the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) and imprisonment of doctors, if found guilty, under the upcoming Maharashtra Prevention of Cut Practice in Health Care Services Act, 2017. The final draft for the Act, which aims to deter kickbacks in medical networks among doctors, pharmaceutical companies, diagnostic laboratories and hospitals, had been submitted to the state government on October 30. According to the officials, the new Act will help curb the rampant practice of commissions in medical referrals across the state.Read More
AMTZ signs MoU with ADMI for boosting investment opportunities for Indian IVD industry Mumbai, November, 2017: Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) has signed an MoU with Association of Diagnostic Manufacturers of India (ADMI) for improving access to technological, investment opportunities, and help build strategic, long-term partnership between ADMI and AMTZ.Read More
DCGI issues classification of medical devices & in vitro diagnostics under provisions of Medical Devices Rules, 2017Mumbai, November, 2017: Even as the Medical Devices Rules, 2017 are to become effective in the country from January 1, 2018, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has issued classification of medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices under the provisions of the Medical Devices Rules, 2017. Read More
Drug regulators ease red-tapism on pharma importsNEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 2017: In a move to facilitate ease of doing business, the drug regulator’s office has intervened to smoothen processes and clearances at ports to allow imported pharmaceutical consignments including those of medical devices to enter the Indian market. Read More
CDSCO issues notices to port offices for clarity in dealing with imported medical devicesMumbai, November, 2017: Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has issued notices to port offices towards clarity in dealing with imported consignments of Medical Devices and IVDs held at the port offices. This is primarily being done for better enforcement of compliance in line with ease of doing business. Read More
CTRI makes registration of clinical trials only prospectively from April 1, 2018Mumbai, November, 2017: The Clinical Trials Registry of India (CTRI), set up by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will register clinical trials/studies only prospectively from April 1, 2018, which practically means before the enrollment of the first patient. Currently CTRI accepts and registers trials which are ongoing and completed. Read More
Pharma Injections
Breast cancer: 90 percent mastectomy cases are avoidable, say expertsKOLKATA, NOVEMBER 2017: Even as the city observed World Breast Cancer Day on Tuesday, oncologists say the lack of awareness about the disease drives patients for mastectomy (surgical removal of breasts). Doctors maintain that breast conservation is safe and healthy and chances of a recurrence of the disease is less than 1%.Read More
51 percent of Indian women aged 15-49 anemic, most in world: StudyNEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 2017: Women's health in India is facing a serious nutritional challenge, with the country on the one hand grappling with the largest number of anaemic women in the world and on the other having to deal with diseases linked to obesity which is rapidly increasing among the fairer sex.Read More
Research on NCDs should be implemented CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 2017: Kaptan Singh Solanki, governor of Haryana on Monday released a consensus statement of World NCD Congress — ‘Chandigarh call for action on sustainable development in combating global epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCD)’ during the farewell function of the Congress. Jagat Ram, director of PGIMER lauded the efforts of executive committee and delegates who had come from distant places to contribute for the movement. Read More
Delhi Pollution Hits 'Severe' Levels; City Wakes Up To Thick Smog NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 2017: Delhi woke up to 'severe' air quality today under a blanket of thick haze, as pollution levels breached the permissible standards by multiple times. The rapid fall in air quality and visibility began last evening itself as moisture combined with pollutants shrouded the city in a thick cover of haze. Read More
Private sector, NGOs should help governments with rural healthcare: Naidu Hyderabad, 5 November 2017: The private sector and NGOs should supplement the efforts to provide better healthcare in rural areas as governments alone cannot meet the growing healthcare demands in these areas, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday. 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
Pfizer gets favourable ruling from DoP on refixing ceiling price of Oxytocin injection 10IU/mlMumbai, November 2017: The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has directed the NPPA to consider the information/documentary evidence submitted by pharma major Pfizer Limited in respect of actual PTR of their formulation Pitocin 0.5ml injection and refix/revise the ceiling price of Oxytocin injection 10IU/ml, after verification, on merit. Read More
55 illegal drugs seized from quack clinic in MohaliMohali, Nov 2017: A team from Mohali health department have unearthed a quack clinic at Mubarakpur in Zirakpur and seized 55 illegal drugs worth Rs 30,000 from his possession. The quack has been arrested. Read More
Bangladesh Smuggler Arrested With Phensedyl In North Dinajpur Goalpokhar, Nov 2017: A smuggler from Bangladesh was arrested by the BSF soldiers from the Nargaon area, near the India-Bangladesh border, in Goalpokhar, North Dinajpur with 45 bottles of phensedyl in his possession. Read More
Cases of Illegal Sale, Misuse Of Oxytocin Detected In West Bengal, Bihar Following DCGI Directive Mumbai, Nov 2017: Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has detected illegal sale, misuse of Oxytocin in animals in West Bengal and Bihar following recent DCGI order with regard to controlling manufacture, sale and distribution of Oxytocin for reasons including non compliance to GMP, GLP and GDP. Read More
National Injections
60 infant deaths reported in 2 months at MGM hospital JAMSHEDPUR, NOVEMBER 2017: Despite high-profile officials visiting the government-run Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College & Hospital (MGMMCH), infant deaths here continue unabated. Twenty-seven infants deaths were reported in September and 33 deaths were reported in October in the hospital. Read More
Government doctors in Rajasthan go on strike; 3,800 submit resignations JAIPUR, 7 NOVEMBER 2017: In-service doctors -those under the directorate of public health-went on an indefinite strike on Monday, hitting health services across the state, especially at district hospitals and those in rural areas.Read More
Lack of hospital beds means up to 2-year wait for surgery patients NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 2017: AIIMS is known to be one of the top public hospitals in the country, but it is difficult to get a date for surgery there. So, Liaqat Khan took his brother Abid to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) for brain tumour surgery. He was appalled when the hospital gave him a date in January 2019 for the surgery. Read More
'Fake doctor' held from village medical camp Malda (WB), November, 2017: The police have arrested one person, allegedly a fake doctor, who was treating patients in a medical camp in Malda district claiming to be a specialist in curing various ailments. Read More
Doctor barred from practicing for 6 months by DMC New Delhi, November, 2017: The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has barred a doctor from practising for six months after he was found allegedly misrepresenting his qualifications and issuing a medical certificate without adhering to guidelines, the medical body said. Read More
HC allows woman to terminate fetus with serious abnormalities Mumbai, Nov 2017: The Bombay High Court on Monday permitted a 28-year-old woman to medically terminate her pregnancy, as her 25-week-old foetus has neurological and skeletal abnormalities, making the baby’s survival doubtful, and possibly harmful to the mother. Read More
Global Injections
Scientists found effective method of preserving cells, tissues Washington D.C., Nov 2017: In a recent research, a group of scientists have found a new and effective method to acquire viable cells from cryopreserved tissue samples, which could help researchers to collect and analyse samples from different study sites to conduct more centralized research. Read More
No, anti-malaria drug can't be used to treat diabetes Washington DC, October 2017: A recent study has quashed the results of an earlier study, suggesting that a drug used to treat malaria does not, after all, create new insulin-producing cells. "First we had hoped that we would be able to replicate the findings, but they didn't hold up," said Mark Huising from the University of California, Davis. Read More

52 million children lived with viral hepatitis worldwide in 2016

London, Nov, 2017: Fifty two million children lived with viral hepatitis worldwide in 2016, while 2.1 million suffered from HIV/AIDS, a new study has revealed.Read More

How young blood could help tackle Alzheimer's disease

Washington, Nov, 2017: Pumping young blood into the elderly may help ward off the symptoms of dementia, according to a recent study. Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have reported success in an early-phase clinical trial examining the safety, tolerability and feasibility of administering infusions of blood plasma from young donors to participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. There were also some signs suggesting improvements in participants' conditions.Read More


Keeping Counterfeit Pills Out Of U.S. Included In Recommendations From Opioid Commission

November 2017: As reported by Stat News, The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released a final draft with 56 suggestions for actions the United States can take to help end the opioid crisis. The recommendations covered a broad range of topics including federal funding and programs, addiction prevention, monitoring of prescription drugs, supply reduction, enforcement strategies, addiction treatment, overdose reversal and recovery, and research and development.

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Pennsylvania Pharmacist Sentenced For Passing Imported, Misbranded Drugs Off As FDA-Approved

November 2017: Four years after pleading guilty in 2013, a Pennsylvania pharmacist has been sentenced to 6 months of home detention and three years probation after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to smuggle foreign drugs in the United States and money laundering, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is the difference between a heart attack and a heart failure?
Many do not realise that a heart attack and heart failure are very different from each other, despite the fact that both actually are forms of heart disease. Most of the time, heart attacks happen suddenly due to one of the arteries in our heart getting blocked and cutting blood flow off. On the other hand, heart failure is something that usually develops gradually. We spoke to cardiologists who list out five basic differences between the two. Read More>>>


Patient Safety Tips

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Ms. Annie Joseph, Nurse, Kochi

Medical mishaps may occur in different health care settings, and those that happen in hospitals can have serious consequences. Patients have an important role to play at each stage of their care and the patient’s safety tips will serve to inspire them to be more involved in their health care. Read More

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