The Prescription: 1st April 2017 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan


Welcome to yet another edition of our newsletter.

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most serious concerns of public health. Every year, more than 2.8 million new TB cases are reported. TB is responsible for nearly half a million deaths in India. Last Month, WHO called on countries to scale-up their efforts against TB and end it by 2030. The aim to eradicate TB will only be achieved with greater collaboration between governments, communities, and individuals. Read more on it in this issue of PSM-India Capsules.

Resident doctors in Maharashtra call-off strike after the assurance from State Government, India among world's least happy nations, ranks 122nd in happiness index and a study reveals that noninvasive CT angiography and stress tests can help in predicting heart attacks, and New lip-reading artificial intelligence programme may help people with hearing loss are some striking articles to read in National and Pharma Injections.


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“We need to make ending TB our central priority. The disease continues to be a leading cause of death and lost productive years in the crucial age group of 15-49 years causing catastrophic expenses, financial losses, outright impoverishment of individuals and households and massive aggregate costs to national economies. Ending TB is paramount for health and development across the region,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director for WHO South-East Asia

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh
Director, WHO South-East Asia Region

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Tuberculosis- A Public Health Concern

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the major public health issues which is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affect the lungs. Tuberculosis is highly contagious and is usually spread by the coughs and sneezes of an infected person through the air. Infected persons propel the TB germs into the air. A person needs to inhale only a few of these germs to get infected. Tuberculosis kills more people than any other infectious disease on the planet. Each year, India reports more than 2.8 million new TB cases; leading to almost half a million deaths.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Government proposes new e-portal to check AMR, substandard drugsNEW DELHI, MARCH 2017: The health ministry plans to leverage digital technology to create an online portal to help it regulate and plug gaps in the sale of medicines in India through various platforms, including e-pharmacies. The move is expected to ensure availability of high quality drugs to patients and could help contain the country's growing anti-microbial resistance (AMR) problem, the ministry suggests.Read More
Rajya Sabha passes bill banning discrimination against people with HIV, AIDS New Delhi, March 2017: The HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill-2014, which criminalises discrimination against HIV-positive people and those living with them, was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.Read More
Cabinet nod for universal healthcare, free drugs & diagnostic facilities on the cardsNEW DELHI, MARCH 2017: The Union Cabinet cleared the National Health Policy which puts forward a concrete framework for universal healthcare and suggests policy directives to make free drugs and diagnostic facilities available across the country, besides involving the private sector to make the services widely available, sources said. Read More
DoP directs NPPA to refix revise ceiling price of formulation “Pheniramine injection 22.75 mg/ml''Mumbai, March, 2017: The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has directed the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to to re-fix/revise the ceiling price of the formulation “Pheniramine injection 22.75 mg/ml”. Read More
APDCA warns of action on hospitals if fail to comply with NPPA order on stent pricesHyderabad, March, 2017: The Andhra Pradesh Drug Control Administration has warned the erring hospitals of strict action if they fail to comply with the NPPA order by reducing the price of stents. L.A Govind, deputy director of AP Drugs Control Administration (APDCA) in Vizag, warned of severe action if the ‘stents’ are sold at higher rates than the ceiling prices notified by the NPPA. Read More
Pharma Injections
New lip-reading AI system may help people with hearing lossLondon, March 2017: Oxford scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence programme that can lip-read more accurately than people, an advance that will help those who suffer from hearing loss. The Watch, Attend and Spell (WAS) software system uses computer vision and machine learning methods to learn how to lip-read from a dataset made up of more than 5,000 hours of TV footage, gathered from six different programmes.Read More
Non-invasive imaging can predict future heart attacksMarch 2017: Now you can protect your family and friends from heart attacks as a study reveals that noninvasive CT angiography and stress tests can help predicting it. The study appeared online in the journal Radiology. Read More
Too much iron in body may damage liver, say doctors New Delhi, March 2017: Doctors said that excess build-up of iron in the body, Hemochromatosis, can cuase liver damage. They said, this action is genetic and the excess iron, if left untreated, can damage joints, organs, and eventually be fatal. Read More
Some hope for breast cancer patients with this diabetes drug New Delhi, March 2017: Researchers from China have found that a drug used to treat diabetes could be effective against a form of breast cancer. Over 70,000 people die from breast cancer in China every year, according to the national cancer centre.. Read More
Harder calcium deposits may predict heart attack risk March 2017: People with proportionately higher quantities of harder calcified plaque best predicted risk of heart attacks, while soft plaque did not, representing a potential paradigm shift, researchers said. The study may be a "game-changer" for determining who is at risk of a heart attack. "It's a disease marker, not a risk marker. And we think it's possibly a very important predictor," said Brent Muhlestein from the Intermountain Medical Centre Heart Institute in Utah, US. 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
Two arrested for reprinting dates on expired drugs KOLKATA, MARCH 2017: The next time you buy medicines for your child or any other family member, be careful. In a major drive against spurious drugs by the Directorate of Drug Control in West Bengal and detective department, the police on Thursday arrested a printing press owner and a wholesale medicine seller for allegedly wiping out the original expiry date of drugs meant for both children and adults with nail polish remover and passing them off as fit to be sold. Read More
West Bengal: One more arrested in 'spurious drugs racket' Kolkata, March 2017: The Kolkata Police on Saturday arrested Paltu Hazra (35) in connection with an alleged spurious drugs racket, based on a statement from another accused. Police had on March 9 arrested Pawan Jhunjhunwala and Rinesh Sarogi in the alleged racket, based on a complaint filed by the state drug control board. The racket involved erasing expiry dates, printing new dates and selling the drugs. Senior drug control board officials had also collected samples from the accused and initiated a probe. Read More
Delhi DC dept fails to identify drug racketeer Shakti Traders in Delhi Mumbai, March 2017: The Drug Controller of Delhi has written to the Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) that there exists no pharma stockist by the name Shakti Traders which has been detected as a firm supplying spurious drugs, as part of an inter-state spurious drug racket. Read More
FDA busts racket to sell baby lotion as sunscreen Mumbai, March 2017: A Girgaum man has been prosecuted by the state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for trying to sell spurious sunscreen tubes, filled with baby lotion, under the brand name of a reputed international cosmetics company. Read More
National Injections
Resident Doctors In Maharashtra Call Off Strike After Assurance From State Government MUMBAI, MARCH 2017: Resident doctors across Maharashtra decided to call off their five-day long strike and resume work today after a satisfactory meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis last night, wherein the state government assured them that it will look into their demands. Read More
Dr Randeep Guleria appointed Delhi AIIMS director New Delhi, March 2017: Renowned pulmonologist Dr Randeep Guleria has been appointed as the Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Read More
India among world's least happy nations, ranks 122nd in happiness index New Delhi, March 2017: Latest report by the United Nations indicates that India is among least happy nations in the world with the country being ranked at 122nd spot out of 155 countries, which is behind terror-riven Pakistan and poorest-of-poor Nepal. Read More
Govt launches dental and oral health portal on occasion of Oral Health day New Delhi, March 2017: On the ocassion of World Oral Health Day, the government launched an interactive portal to raise awareness dental and oral health. Read More
Surgeries postponed at AIIMS as 5,000 nurses go on strike; emergency shuts for first time New Delhi, March 2017: Close to 90 surgeries had to be postponed at AIIMS after around 5,000 nurses went on strike. The move severely affected patients as the emergency unit closed for the first time in the premier institutes history. Read More
Global Injections
Republicans revamp Obamacare bill as Trump moves to promote overhaul Washington, March 2017: Congressional Republicans recrafted their Obamacare replacement bill on Monday in hopes of satisfying critics as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to promote his first major legislative initiative on Capitol Hill. Read More
Failed fertility treatments may up heart disease risk Toronto, March 2017: Women who undergo fertility therapy, but do not get pregnant, have a higher risk of developing long-term cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and heart failure, a new study has warned. Read More

Simple blood test may help detect cancer early

New York, March 2017: Now doctors may soon be able to detect and monitor a patient's cancer with a simple blood test, reducing or eliminating the need for more invasive procedures, according to a new research.Read More

Functional 'beating' human heart muscle createdMelbourne, March 2017: Scientists have created a functional 'beating' human heart muscle from stem cells, a significant step forward in cardiac disease research.Read More

Scientific breakthrough to aid malaria vaccine researchCanberra, March 2017: Australian scientists have discovered a "key molecule", which can kill microbes that infect the human liver, a breakthrough experts believe could bring a malaria vaccine one step closer.Read More

First blood test for autism developedWashington, March 2017: In a first, scientists have discovered a way to accurately predict whether a child has autism spectrum disorder by analysing a blood sample, an advance that opens the door to earlier diagnosis and potential future development of therapeutics.Read More


OP-ED: why drug importation is flawed policy

With the issue of prescription drug importation being debated on Capitol Hill again, mark me in the skeptical camp. As a matter of safety and practical policymaking, drug importation simply doesn’t work.

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On Tuesday, February 28, Allan Coukell, Senior Director of Health Programs for the Pew Charitable Trusts, wrote Senator Bernie Sanders to ask that he not undermine safety protections for medication with the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act. The bill, introduced by Sanders, Cory Booker, Bob Casey, and others last month, would legalize the importation of non-FDA approved prescription drugs from Canada and, eventually, other countries.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is Tapeworms in Humans?
Tapeworms are flat, segmented worms that live in the intestines of some animals. Animals can become infected with these parasites when grazing in pastures or drinking contaminated water. Eating undercooked meat from infected animals is the main cause of tapeworm infection in people. Although tapeworms in humans usually cause few symptoms and are easily treated, they can sometimes cause serious, life-threatening problems. That's why it's important to recognize the symptoms and know how to protect yourself and your family. . Read More>>>


Tips for Deworming!

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Ms. Samayra Gupta, Medical Student, Lucknow

Everyone - both child and adult - has high risk of getting infected by worms. Worms such as tape worm, round worm, pin worm, whip worm and hook worm being a very common health problem for children and adults. Thus, health experts recommend that deworming should get done twice a year or every six months, starting from the age of two years old. Regular deworming is necessary to prevent recurrence of intestinal worms. Read More

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