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

Pooja Khaitan


As Lord Ganesha pays us his annual visit , we seek His blessings for a SAFE Nation and a SAFE Body , rid of all evil ! Its time we pledge to ourselves that we interact with medicines in a more aware and disciplined manner. May Lord Ganesha help us in looking after the most precious gift we have been blessed with…OUR BODY !
Om Gan Ganpateyah Namah !

If you have any suggesstions , comments or queries, please email me at pooja@safemedicinesindia.in .
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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.
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Be Safe ; Be Aware !
Best wishes ,

Pooja Khaitan
Chief Editor ,
Partnership for Safe Medicines India.


Drive against spurious medicines being stepped up
MUMBAI : On 26th August, 2013, as part of our series, the National Training Workshop on "Secured Medicines & Robust Pharmacovigilance- Key to Patient Safety and Health " , was organised by Partnership for Safe Medicines India Initiative and Consumer Online Foundation in technical collaboration with the National Coordination Centre ( PvPI) - Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission at Mumbai .
It was attended by The Chairman of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) , Maharashtra State Drug Controller, Joint Drug Controller of India, Director Incharge of the National Institute of Biologicals, leading Consumer Organisations of Rajasthan, Orissa, Maharashtra, Delhi


Dose of the day
“Human rights aren’t just about violence and terrorism. Unsafe drugs too fall into the category. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has described the manufacture, distribution and sale of unsafe drugs and medical devices as a violation of human rights.”
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National Injections
FDA sting traps makers of ‘bogus’ drug
MUMBAI, Sept 2013: After trying in vain for days to locate the distributors of a bogus 'de-addiction powder' adversited on TV, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Mahesh Zagade decided there was only one way to nab them - order a batch of the product himself. Zadage carried out his 'sting' last week, following which FDA officials seized a consignment of the "spurious" product worth Rs 12 lakh.
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More than 1 lakh banned tablets seized at chemist shops
BHATINDA, Sept, 2013: The police and the health department conducted raids at various places to curb the use of banned drugs in the city. The exercise is aimed to curb the sale of banned and unauthorised drugs at chemist stores. Bathinda SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar teamed up with drug inspector, deputed at the stores.

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Raids at chemist shops fleecing cancer patients
FARIDKOT, SEPT 2013: Concerned over the rising complaints of cancer patients getting fleeced, a team of drug officials raided the chemist shops situated in the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College at Faridkot. The health authorities had got large number of complaints about chemists selling medicines at exorbitant rates.
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Two booked for selling banned sedatives
NAGPUR, SEPT 2013: Tehsil police have registered offence of causing hurt by means of poison against two persons for allegedly dealing in sedatives banned by the central government. Stock of the banned sedative was seized during a raid by drug inspector Shehnaz Taji at the medical shop owned by Manoj Amarnani at Jagnath Budhwari.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
Sale of acid to be strictly regulated by States

Sept 2013: The Home Ministry has asked the State governments to ban over-the-counter sale of acids as directed by the Supreme Court in its July order to curb growing incidents of attacks on women. Besides bringing the sale of acid under The Poisons Possession And Sales Rules, 2013, thereby including at least a dozen acids in the list of poisons to curb their sale, the Ministry has asked the States to sternly deal with acid sellers who fail to comply with the guidelines.

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India may join global forum to safeguard drug exports

Sept 2013: India is considering joining a global forum that prescribes standards for medicine manufacturing to safeguard its drug exports to the member countries. Called the Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S), it currently comprises 43 drug-importing countries.

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Supreme Court seeks Centre's reply on plea to ban pentavalent vaccine

SEPT 2013: The Supreme Court today sought response from the Centre on a PIL seeking its direction to ban use of pentavalent vaccine, which prevents diseases like Hepatitis-B and diphtheria in children.

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Consider issuing circular on side effects of drug: HC to FDA

Sept 2013: Bombay High Court has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider issuing a circular for doctors pointing out the side effects of the drug 'thalidomide', which is prescribed to pregnant women for nausea and morning sickness.

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Global Injections
Medicines regulation reforms in Africa 'incomplete', says WHO

Sep-2013 : An ongoing effort to harmonise medicines regulation in Africa could increase access to drugs but lacks critical post-marketing surveillance provisions, according to the World Health Organisation. The African Medicines Registration Harmonization (AMRH) initiative first set up in 2009 is trying to develop a unified platform for registering new drugs which should speed up the availability of new medicines.

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Global Injections
We welcome your valuable contributions and news articles . Please feel free to write to THE Chief Editor at pooja@safemedicinesindia.in regarding the same . We shall be delighted to include your articles in our next issue
The following article has been contributed by……
Dr. M.S.Latha
Manager , Global Medical Affairs,
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.
Fluconazole Linked to Increased Risk for Rare Birth Defect

An examination of nearly 1 million birth records revealed a 3-fold increased risk for tetralogy of Fallot among infants whose mothers took fluconazole in the first trimester, according to a study published in the August 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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