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Pooja Khaitan

India loses a Noble Son!
Paying tribute to our former President Dr.APJ ABDUL KALAM , I dedicate this issue to him. His selfless service to all shall always inspire PSM INDIA to move forward in the same direction, with the same spirit... towards a healthy nation, a nation of safe medicines and quality healthcare!
I take this oppurtunity in reaching out to all our esteemed subscribers of The PRESCRIPTION to join PSM India’s movement at Varanasi from 9th to 11th August, 2015 where we shall be focusing on improving access to quality healthcare for all under the National Health Assurance Mission. For the first time in India a public initiative on Universal Health Coverage for the poor and elders is being organised. PSM India is working here in collaboration with the Governement of India. You may find more details on this under our PSM India Capsules segment in this issue.

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Happy Reading !
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy !

Pooja Khaitan
Chief Editor , The PRESCRIPTION Partnership for Safe Medicines India.


"Even if one person dies of spurious medicines it is a serious issue." (Spoken at a PSM INDIA event on 3rd October 2011)

Former President of India

PSM India Capsules

We lost a true leader Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.  The Nation mourns on HIS passing away and the void can never get filled by any other person. He once said "even if one person dies because of spurious medicine it is a serious issue". It was 3rd October 2011 in one of our event in New Delhi he mentioned about the unethical practices adopted by certain medical practitioners by prescribing irrational diagnostic tests, he called it the DIAGNOSTIC PAIN for patients. We shall MISS HIM and PRAY TO GOD for HIS SOUL TO REST IN PEACE. Nation has lost a great SON. OUR  DEEP CONDOLENCE from PSM India Initiative.

PSM INDIA event on UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE at Varanasi, 9th-11th August 2015

Come and join the movement on "Improving access to quality healthcare for all” under the National Health Assurance Mission". Our Varanasi Pilot Project will exactly adopt those best practices as suggested by you. It will be my mission for the next 4 years to experiment along with my friends and well-wishers. Register yourself at the earliest and agree to meet on 9th August 2015 at Varanasi for 3 days. If interested visit or
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National Injections
Physician's samples worth Rs. 3cr were on sale at Gaya Patna, 17 July 2015: Seizures made during the raids in Gaya earlier this month have baffled the Drug Control authorities as barring one or two drugs, the entire seized consignment is of physician's samples, not spurious drugs as reported initially. Though the exact assessment is yet to be made, sources said the seized drugs are worth Rs. 3 crore. Read More
Indians at higher risk of getting fake drugs July, 2015: Indian residents are at a greater risk of getting a fake drug. According to a study by Pharmaceutical Security Institute ( PSI), a US-based non-profit organisation established by 28 International research-based pharmaceutical manufacturers, India is the third largest country in the world with the most counterfeit drugs in 2014.Read More
Tamil Nadu tops in deaths due to drug overdoseChennai, July 2015: Tamil Nadu seems to be taking the saying 'physician, heal thyself' to an all new level, with an increasing number of people self-medicating - and killing themselves in the process. With 205 deaths in 2014, the state recorded the highest number of deaths related to drug overdose, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. At least 80% of them were caused by popping pills intended to heal. Read More
13 dead, 22 affected by Japanese Encephalitis in AssamJuly 2015: Altogether 13 persons have died and 22 have tested positive for Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Assam's Jorhat district during the last 10 days, Joint Director of Health and Family Welfare Dr Mobibur Rahman said here on Tuesday. Read More
Drug Laws & Policy Injections
IPC recommends caution on 3 lifesaving drugs in market to CDSCO based on ADRsJuly, 2015: Indian Pharmacopeia Commission’s (IPCs) signal review panel recently submitted strategic recommendation to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) on the 3 important life saving drugs running in the market. These reports were submitted based on the detailed observation made by the expert panel following the adverse drug reaction (ADR) report generated from different ADR centres across the country. Read More
Ministry of Health launches MvPI to monitor safety of medical devices Mumbai, 15 July 2015: In a strategic move to protect the health of the patients, the Ministry of Health & Family welfare approved the commencement of the ambitious Materiovigilance Programme of India (MvPI) to monitor the safety of medical devices in the country. The MvPI was formally launched on July 6 at Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC), Ghaziabad by Dr G N Singh, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). Read More
Pharma Injections
Stroke patients are being prescribed with ineffective drugs in North India According to an AIIMS study, over eight lakh stroke patients in North India are being treated with neuroprotective drugs that are not recommended by current clinical practice guidelines. The study was conducted by Dr. Kameshwar Prasad, AIIMS, and the study duration was two years. Read More
Antibiotics may cause juvenile autoimmune arthritis July 2015:Antibiotics therapy may increase of developing juvenile arthritis (autoimmune) by two folds, according to a recent study published in Pediatrics.
Apart from genetic inheritance risk, environmental factors can also play a vital role in the onset of autoimmune juvenile arthritis, the study noted.
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Anti-ulcer drug may prevent stomach cancer July 2015: A short course of two medicines commonly used to eliminate the bacterium that causes ulcers may reduce the risk of stomach cancer, research shows.
Stomach, or gastric, cancer is the third most common cause of death from cancer worldwide, and people who are infected with the Helicobacter pylori bacterium are more likely to develop the disease.
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Global Injections
At least 20 detained in China fake drug crackdown Beijing, July 2015: Chinese police have detained over 20 people in its latest crackdown on the production and online trading of fake drugs, the public security authorities in the eastern province of Zhejiang said Sunday. Read More
Diabetes drug may protect against Parkinson's Washington, July 22: A type of drug used to treat diabetes may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, says a new study. Diabetes patients taking glitazone anti-diabetes drugs had a 28 percent lower incidence... Read More

FDA Strengthens Warning of Heart Attack and Stroke Risk for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory DrugsJuly, 2015: FDA is strengthening an existing warning in prescription drug labels and over-the-counter (OTC) drug facts labels to indicate that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that can increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke, either of which can lead to death. Those serious side effects can occur as early as the first few weeks of using an NSAID, and the risk might rise the longer people take NSAIDs. (Although aspirin is also an NSAID, this revised warning doesn’t apply to aspirin.)Read More

WHO issues draft norms for surveys to assess drug quality & efficacy of medicinesJuly, 2015: In an effort to ensure access to high quality drugs in the market, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued draft guidelines outlining steps to consider when preparing and conducting a survey of medicines quality.Read More

Drug Dopes
Current list of approved drugs as published by CDSCO – July 2015 LIST OF APPROVED DRUG FROM 01-01-2015 to 31-05-2015 Read More
In 90 days, 35 firms given notices over sub-standard medicines JAIPUR July 23, 2015: Sub-standard medicines are flooding the medicine market. In the past three months, notices have been issued to 35 drug manufacturing companies for allegedly manufacturing drugs of sub-standard quality and supplying them in the state. Read More
Analysis shows several medicines in market unstandardized, admits Maharashtra government Mumbai, 23 July 2015: The medicines available in the market may not be as safe as you think.
The state government has admitted that an analysis of medicines available in the market revealed that a significant number of drugs manufactured in Maharashtra as well as in other states, such as Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, turned out to be unstandardized.
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Scientists have developed an eye drop that can dissolve cataracts July 2015: Researchers in the US have developed a new drug that can be delivered directly into the eye via an eye dropper to shrink down and dissolve cataracts - the leading cause of blindness in humans. Read More
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PSM PSA: Super Cheap Canadian Pharmacy

July 2015: In another public service announcement from Partnership for Safe Medicines warns of the dangers lurking for sale at fake online pharmacy websites. In Super Cheap Canadian Pharmacy,
( ) PSM board member Tom Kubic of the Pharmaceutical Security Institute cautions against buying medication from “a Canadian online pharmacy with cheaper prices,” and warns that they do not tell you that their drugs “do not actually come from Canada.” Learn the truth about Canadian online pharmacies by reading Questions and Answers on Medicine Importation at

Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is nanotechnology and its application in the field of medicine?
Answer: Nanotechnology ("nanotech") is the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale. It is an emerging technology that has influenced a large number of industrial segments like medicine , medical devices, electronics, biomaterials, coating, chemicals, energy production, food , agriculture, cosmetics and varied consumer products.
Nanomedicine is the medical application of nanotechnology. Nanomedicine ranges from the medical applications of nanomaterials and biological devices, to electronic biosensors, biological machines etc.

Q2. Possible side effects of Nanomedicine and its technology
Answer: The size and shape of nanoparticles affect their bioactivity and toxicity. Substances become more reactive as their particles get smaller because the surface area is greater relative to the volume, providing a larger surface on which chemical reactions can occur. Their ability to interact with living systems increases because they can often penetrate the skin, enter the bloodstream via the lungs, and cross the blood/brain barrier. Once inside the body, there may be further biochemical reactions, such as the creation of free radicals that damage cells and DNA. Also, while the body has built-in defences for natural particles it encounters, nanotechnology is introducing entirely new substances that the body cannot recognize or be able to deal with.
Therefore, though there is no doubt that nanoparticles have interesting and useful properties and may bring great benefits, but their possible adverse effects cannot be ignored and research on the matter is ongoing.

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