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Fake medicines, online illegal pharmacies are consistently topping as one of the major health concern not only in India but across all developed and developing countries. Our laws require that certain drugs can only be dispensed with a valid prescription because they are not safe for use without the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider. Websites on internet that don't require a prescription and only ask customers to fill out a questionnaire before getting a prescription drug, avoid critical in-person evaluation and deny consumers the protection provided by a licensed healthcare provider.
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DOSE OF THE DAY
“It is a myth that all dengue patients require platelet transfusion. In fact unnecessary transfusion causes more harm and puts the patient at risk of complications such as sepsis, transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI), transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), allo-immunisation, allergic and anaphylactic transfusion reactions. Transfusion for a dengue patient is required only if their platelet count is below 10,000 and there is spontaneous, active bleeding.”
Dr. KK Aggarwal
Padma Shree Awardee
President HCFI & Honorary Secretary General of Indian Medical association (IMA)
“Natural does not always mean safe”, FDA says mixing medications and dietary supplements can endanger healthSept, 2015: When you take prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, do you take also a vitamin, mineral, or other dietary supplements? Have you considered whether there is any danger in mixing medications and dietary supplements?
Interchange 2014: Madame Gu and PSM China
Interchange 2014 was fortunate enough to have Madame LiHong Gu, Director of the Partnership for Safe Medicines China join us and share her work.
Madame Gu began her brief description of PSM China by pointing out that “China is another large country with 1.3 billion people. They all need safe medicines.”
Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is meant by Infection?
Answer: Infection is the invasion and multiplication of microorganisms in body tissues and the reaction to host tissues causing local cellular injury due to competitive metabolism, toxins, intracellular replication, or antigen-antibody response. Infections are caused by infectious agents including viruses, viroids, prions, bacteria, nematodes such as parasitic roundworms and pinworms, arthropods such as ticks, mites, fleas, and lice, fungi such as ringworm, and other macro parasites such as tapeworms and other helminths. Clinicians classify infectious microorganisms or microbes according to the status of host defenses - either as primary pathogens or as opportunistic pathogens.
Q2. What is an Allergy?
Answer: An allergy is an adverse reaction that the body has to a particular food or substance in the environment.
Any substance that triggers an allergic reaction is called an allergen. Some of the most common allergens include:
• grass and tree pollen (hay fever)
• dust mites
• animal dander (tiny flakes of skin or hair)
• food allergy (particularly fruits, shellfish and nuts)
An allergy develops when the body’s immune system reacts to an allergen as though it is a threat, like an infection. It produces antibodies to fight off the allergen, in a reaction called the "immune response"
Allergies, also known as allergic diseases, are a number of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to something in the environment that normally causes little problem. These diseases include food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma, and anaphylaxis. Symptoms may include red eyes, an itchy rash, runny nose, shortness of breath, or swelling.