The Prescription: 17th October 2017 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan

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Our country has witnessed a significant decline in the infant mortality rate (IMR) compared to last year. In 2015, the infant mortality rate (IMR) was 37 deaths per 1000 births which has declined to 34 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016. Thanks to the government’s initiative such as free maternal and newborn health services, strengthening delivery services, promotions of breastfeeding and immunization promotion programmes which help to get such a reduction in infant mortality rate (IMR). Read the complete report in this issue under PSM-India Capsule.


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“The global community is poised to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths within a generation. We know what to do and we know how to do it. The challenge now is to move from plan to action — we are pleased to see countries like India beginning to lead the way.”

Dr. Flavia Bustreo
Assistant Director General, WHO

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India Witnessed a Significant Decline in Infant Mortality Rate

India has recorded a significant reduction in infant mortality rate compared to last year. Apart from this, deaths at birth have also decreased and there is also a decrease in gender ratio differences.
According to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the infant mortality rate has decreased by 3 points, which is 8 percent of the total mortality rate, an improvement aided by various government’s initiatives, including strengthening healthcare services, free maternal and newborn health services, quality assurance and promoting awareness regarding the benefits of breastfeeding and immunization. In 2015, the infant mortality rate (IMR) was 37 deaths per 1000 births which has declined to 34 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
AICDF urges DoP to allow wholesale & retail trade margins of 12% & 25% for branded drugsMumbai, October , 2017: The All India Chemists and Distributors Federation (AICDF) has urged Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) to allow wholesale and retail trade margin of 12% and 25% for branded drugs and 15% and 35% for generic drugs. “Our demand for the said trade margin is no way unjustified or illogical as the cost of living has gone up many folds over last three decades. Trade margin is the basic impetus for traders to ensure their survival in compliance with justified service towards the ailing community adjusting properly with the socio-economic situation of the country, said Kailash Gupta”, president of AICDF.Read More
Exclusive category of OTC drugs soon, state drug controllers to be consulted Mumbai, October, 2017: Following the recent Drug Consultative Meet in New Delhi, which approved a special provision to include OTC medicines in the Drugs & Cosmetics Rules will further be taken up as the Central Drug Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) will consult state drug controllers along with experts to come out with an exclusive schedule of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.Read More
Health ministry releases Mobile APP for ADR reporting, Pharmacovigilance guidelinesNew Delhi, October, 2017: The Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has launched a mobile app for ADR reporting and pharmacovigilance guidelines for marketing authorisation holders of pharmaceutical products in order to ensure the ease of doing pharmacovigilance (PV) practices by the industry. Read More
Health ministry issues draft rules to facilitate sales of drugs onlineMumbai, October, 2017: The Union ministry of health and family welfare has issued draft of the Drugs (Sale and Distribution) Rules, 2017 aiming at removing ambiguity on regulations to facilitate sales of drugs online. The ministry issued the draft rules in exercise of the powers conferred by section 12 and section 33 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 (23 of 1940) in supersession of Part VI, Schedule N, Form 19, Form 19A, Form 20, Form 20A, Form 20 B, Form 21, Form 21A, Form 21B, Form 20F, Form 20G and Form 26C contained in the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945. It was recently released by the ministry seeking suggestions from stakeholders. Read More
Pharma Injections
Abortions may be legal in India, but 60 percent are unsafeNew Delhi, OCT, 2017: Despite abortions being legal for the last 46 years, almost 60% of procedures in India are unsafe - a ratio much closer to that in countries where abortion is illegal. This discrepancy is primarily because of lack of access to hospital facilities, awareness and stigma around abortion, shows a latest study published in the international medical journal 'Lancet'. The study, conducted by lable on demand. However, in India, the number of unsafe abortions continues to be drastically high, reflecting a huge disparity when compared with other countries where abortion is legal.Read More
India plans to lessen its drug reliance on ChinaNEW DELHI, OCT, 2017: The recent tension between India and China has prompted the government here to think of measures to reduce its dependence on China for pharmaceutical products. The health ministry along with drug regulators is planning to take a series of measures to limit reliance on China as well as tighten the regulatory checks and balances to ensure only good quality supplies are entering the Indian market.Read More
Breakthrough in chikungunya may come from IIT-Roorkee Roorkee, OCT, 2017: In a move that could lead to a breakthrough in combating chikungunya, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Roorkee has claimed to have discovered the anti-viral potential of a drug piperazine -- used for worm infections. Medicine piperazine offers a new perspective for therapeutic intervention, thereby inhibiting the spread of virus, say researchers. Read More
All breast lumps are not cancerous - get your breast biopsy done, says doctor New Delhi, October, 2017: In India, two reactions regarding breast lumps are most common. Either the feeling of a lump formation in breast is ignored or the patient gets panic stricken. Both reactions are extreme and caused by lack of proper awareness but in very different ways. Breast cancer is a leading cause of female cancer deaths in India. A recent study reported that its prevalence is as high as 25.8 per 100,000 women and its death rate is 12.7 per 100,000 women. However, proper awareness for the number one cancer for women is low in India. 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
Zydus Cadila gets USFDA nod to market antidepressant drugNEW DELHI, OCTOBER 2017: Drug firm Zydus Cadila has received final approval from the US health regulator to market Amitriptyline hydrochloride tablets used for treatment of depression in the American market. Read More
DoP asks NPPA to take Expert Committee's opinion for fixing ceiling price of methylprednisolone Inj 40 mg/mlMumbai, October, 2017: The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has directed the NPPA to take the opinion of Expert Committee on whether formulation IVEPRED 40mg Injection 1 ML is a scheduled drug or not and fix the ceiling price of methylprednisolone inj 40 mg/ml accordingly. Read More
SC Asks Government To Explain Shift In Drug Pricing Formula NEW DELHI, OCT 2017: The Supreme Court on Thursday observed that drugs were not “sunglasses” and asked the Central government to explain the shift from its earlier cost-based drug pricing policy to a new market-driven pricing of essential drugs. Read More
Two People Running Drug Factory Near Okha Arrested Rajkot, Oct 2017: Police lodged an offence in the drug haul made from a house in Arambhada village near Okha town and arrested two persons. The drug factory operating from the house was unearthed on September 29 and police had seized huge quantity of mephedrone from the spot. Police have arrested the house owner Haroon Sattar Sora and Jamnagar resident Pinal Chotai. The seized material is suspected to be worth nearly Rs 11 lakh. Read More
National Injections
Chhattisgarh shocker: 3,184 newborns, 221 moms died in 6 months RAIPUR, October , 2017: As many as 3,184 newborns have died in Chhattisgarh in the past six months, with Surguja, Kanker and Rajnandgaon districts having the worst figures. Read More
51 children died due to dengue in city hospital this year, shows data BENGALURU, OCT, 2017: Of the 504 children who died at Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health (IGICH) in 2017, 51 were suffering from dengue. In September alone, 16 of the 87 deaths were due to dengue, with the highest figures recorded in August: 17 out of 93.Read More
HC wants 3-doctor panel to probe BHU hospital deaths LUCKNOW, OCT , 2017: The Allahabad high court has directed the UP government to constitute a high-power committee of three eminent doctors to probe the deaths of patients at Sundar Lal hospital at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in June this year. Read More
Shortage of doctors hits health services in Odisha's Ganjam district BERHAMPUR, OCT, 2017: A large number of vacant posts of doctors at health centres has impacted medical services in Odisha's Ganjam district, officials said. Read More
Global Injections
Bangladesh Citizen Arrested With 148 Bottles Of Phensedyl In Coochbehar Coochbehar, 5 Oct 2017: A Bangladesh citizen was arrested by the soldiers of the BSF with 148 bottles of Phensedyl from Gitaldaha in Coochbehar on Wednesday. Read More
Antibiotics for dental procedures may up superbug infection Los Angeles, October 2017: Antibiotics prescribed by dentists can allow the growth of a serious and potentially deadly bacteria that causes severe diarrhoea, a study warns. Read More

Women with asthma more likely to have underweight babies

London, October, 2017: Women suffering from asthma are more prone to develop preeclampsia -- a dangerous pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure - and run a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies, says a new study.Read More

High BP in 40s may put women at increased dementia risk

New York, October, 2017: Women with high blood pressure in their 40s are more likely to develop dementia years later, warns a new study. The study, published online in the journal Neurolog, showed that women who developed high blood pressure in their 40s were 73 per cent more likely to develop dementia than women who had stable, normal blood pressure throughout their 30s and 40s.Read More

Gene therapy may help reverse blindness

London, October, 2017: Researchers have shown that gene therapy might help reverse blindness by reprogramming cells at the back of the eye to become light sensitive.Read More


Five CanadaDrugs.Com Defendants Have Extradition Hearing Dates Set For May 2018

October 2017: According to CBCNews Manitoba, an extradition hearing date is set for five Winnipeg men accused of illegally importing and selling $78 million worth of misbranded and counterfeit drugs to American doctors from 2009 to 2012. Kristjan Thorkelson, Thomas Haughton, Ronald Sigurdson, Darren Chalus and Troy Nakamura will appear in the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench during the week of May 7, 2018 to face an extradition request the U.S Department of Justice for their roles in the case. The sixth defendant, James Trueman, is expected to have his hearing date set in Vancouver soon. Ian McLeod, Manager of Media Relations and Litigation Communications for Canada’s Department of Justice, wrote in an email, “The judge may make a decision from the bench immediately, but may also take time to review the information presented.

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Florida Trio Indicted For Conspiracy To Make And Sell Fake Prescription Drugs

October 2017: According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), three Florida residents have been charged with conspiracy to import, manufacture, and distribute fake prescription drugs and anabolic steroids. Ryan Sikora, Josh Bush, II, and Ariel Murphy all live in Chipley, Florida and were indicted by a federal grand jury in August. The last of the three made their initial court appearance on Friday, September 8, 2017.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is Dysmenorrhea?
Dysmenorrhea can be literally translated as "difficult monthly flow." Although it's normal for most women to have mild abdominal cramps on the first day or two of their period, about 10% of women experience severe pain..Read More>>>


Vegetables – You Must Include in Your Diet

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Dr. Nishant Yadav, Physician, Patna

The statement – You are what you eat! Seems true in a lot of aspects as what we eat, reflects on our body. Generally, we eat only those products which we like most and there is nothing wrong with it, except that it should be done in moderation and while we do that, there are certain vegetables one can include in their daily diet which are actually full of nutrition and will improve one’s health in real time. Read More

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