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PSM India 17th October Newsletter
Dose of the day

“Drug packs would soon bear warning labels in rectangular box with details of adverse drug reaction (ADR),” Drug Controller of India, Dr.G.N.Singh

News Archive
Editor's Emulsion

Pooja Khaitan


Only spurious medicines in the supply chain are not responsible for health and safety of the Patients. There are several other attributes, which leads to unsafe medication like self-medication, purchasing prescription medicines without Doctor’s Prescription, over dose of medicines, failure of the active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and lack of regulatory oversight on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Pharmaceutical Practices (GPP) and Good Distribution Practices (GDP).
PSM India Initiative works towards the cause of safeguarding the health of the Indian population by ensuring that the benefits of use of medicine outweigh the risks associated with its use. In this endeavor we to create awareness and move forward with all stakeholders conduct various seminars and workshops. Our bimonthly newsletter PSM NEWZ is also a small step taken to educate our citizens of dealing with this menace and highlighting the various steps taken by our Government and policy makers.

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

Be Safe ; Be Aware !
Best wishes ,

Pooja Khaitan
Chief Editor ,
Partnership for Safe Medicines India.


“Quality and Safe Healthcare is a Consumer Right ! “
Bejon Misra, Founder , PSM India Initiative; in the consumer movement since 30 years .

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National Injections
Delhi Police nab pseudoephedrine drug racket mastermind, accomplices
DELHI, Oct 2013: An alleged mastermind behind a drug trafficking racket has been arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell along with his two accomplices following seizure of 200 kg of pseudoephedrine worth Rs.10 crore in the international market. The accused supplied the precursor to party drugs, methamphetamine, to northeastern States and Myanmar.
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Illegally operating drug factory sealed
SHIMLA, OCT 2013: The drug controlling authority of Himachal Pradesh raided a pharmaceutical unit in Sirmaur district and found out that illegally manufactured drugs were being supplied to government hospitals of Chhatisgarh, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh. Following the raid, the authority sounded national alert to alert other state governments.

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Drugs worth 12cr seized, 2 held
MUMBAI, 30 SEPT 2013: The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU), on specific information, raided a godown of a courier agency on Saturday night in Chakala, Andheri and seized 25 kg of banned narcotic substance Methaqualone valued at around `12 crore. The parcel was destined for London. The AIU officials have succeeded in apprehending two people in this connection from the western suburbs.
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Himachal Pradesh High Court stays Drug Controller General of India's order on combination drugs
NEW DELHI, OCT 2013: The government's efforts to weed out 'potentially unsafe' combination drugs for which pharma companies have not taken the central drug regulator's permission by September 30 has run into a wall. The High Court of Himachal Pradesh on September 27 granted an interim stay on Drug Controller General of India's (DCGI's) directive of July, which intended to dub all those combination drugs as 'illegal' for which drug makers have not filed safety and efficacy data with the central drug regulator by September 30.

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Madras high court refuses to stay central ban on painkilling cancer drugs
CHENNAI, OCT 2013: A central notification imposing temporary ban on two top cancer drugs, together accounting for annual business of about Rs 268 crore, cannot be interfered with, the Madras high court has ruled. The products - spasmo-proxyvon and proxyvon - are widely used primarily for the relief of high fever, headache and extremely acute pain arising out of cancer and other similar oncological conditions or acute pain due to orthopedic conditions and complex fractures.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
A unique number in the offing to control drug pilferage

NEW DELHI, 2013: In a novel method to stop pilferage of controlled narcotic drugs, the government has decided to issue a Unique Registration Number (URN), on the lines of the unique citizen identity 'Aadhar', to persons engaged in the business and operations of these drugs. The URN will be issued by the NCB, which is the national agency tasked to curb the menace of illicit drugs and enforce stringent anti-narcotics laws in the country.

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Special panel mooted to prepare list of harmful drugs & vaccines in market for banning

MUMBAI, Oct 2013: In yet another significant recommendation which will have far-reaching consequences,the Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury expert committee has recommended for setting up a committee outside of the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) which will review all the drug formulations and vaccines now in the market and prepare a list of drugs which should be removed.

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Global Injections
Ship Caught with 700,000 Fake Viagra Pills

JERUSALEM, Oct 2013: Israeli tax authorities were surprised to discover a staggering 700,000 fake Viagra pills during an inspection this week at the Ashdod Port. According to Walla, the pills were found in a shipment of furniture from China intended for delivery to a Palestinian Authority resident importer. The pills would have sold for roughly NIS 20 million.

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Pharma Injections
The right cure for pharma frauds

The Indian pharma industry faces regulatory constraints at both national and global level. A large body of laws and regulations governs each stage of operations, from evaluation and selection of compounds to manufacturing standards, packaging, distribution, and sale and promotion of medicines and vaccines.

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BAMS doctors prescribe more irrational medication than allopaths, finds study

PUNE, 2013: A small study run by an allopathic couple on the faculty of two different medical colleges in the city — DY Patil Medical College and BJ Medical College — suggests that Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) doctors are guilty of prescribing more irrational medication than their allopathic MBBS counterparts.

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Pharmacies are requested to withdraw sold stock from the market in the interest of public health.
You are also requested to stop sale/distribution of said drugs and send details regarding balance stock and details regarding stock received from the market of the said drugs.

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