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Bejan Misra"Only switch medications under the supervision of a doctor or pharmacist” --Mr. Bejon Misra (Founder, PSM India)

DANGEROUS DRUGS GLOBALLY DISCARDED BUT STILL AVAILABLE IN INDIA . The most common ones are D cold, action 500 & Nimulid.

This is a pain-killer. Reason for ban: Bone marrow depression.
Brand name : Novalgin

Acidity, constipation. Reason for ban : irregular heartbeat
Brand name : Ciza, Syspride

Anti-depressant. Reason for ban : Irregular heartbeat.
Brand name : Droperol


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Kerala DCA busts clandestine supply of medicines from TN; Chennai based company under scanner
Following a tip off from the intelligence wing, the officials of the Kerala drugs control department have busted a racket involving clandestine supply and sale of medicines operated between the border areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The investigating officials said some Chennai based marketing companies are behind the illegal trade and one company operating on Domellows Road in the city is under scanner.
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Fake drug? Checking authenticity is just a click away
Ahmedabad : From November 26, people in Gujarat will get to check whether the drug purchased from a chemist shop is spurious or not by just logging onto the state Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) portal, a top official has said. Strengthening its e-governance initiative, the regulator has proposed to upload a new feature on its portal from Monday, enabling the people to verify whether the purchased drug meets the specified standards and is not fake.
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African raids seize 82M doses of counterfeits

A sweep coordinated by the World Customs Organization (WCO) in Africa seized 82 million doses of counterfeit drugs worth an estimated $40 million. Africa is plagued by counterfeit and substandard drugs because of limited resources, and the fakes lead to thousands of deaths.

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Warning over fake ecstasy pills after nine people taken to hospital

GLASGOW : FAKE ecstasy pills containing deadly ingredients were responsible for nine people being admitted to hospital, police said. Seven men and two women became seriously ill after taking the pink tablets at four different venues in Glasgow city center during the early hours of Saturday morning.

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FDA warning on some 'defective' vaccines

NAGPUR : The death of a two-and-a-half-month-old child after he was administered some vaccines at the government-run Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) has led to a warning against the use of medicines from the same batch. The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has warned all hospitals that medicines from the same batch by the manufacturers should not be used.

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Statins to carry warning label

NEW DELHI : Cholesterol-lowering drugs, popularly known as statins, that are taken by heart patients will now onwards have safety warnings about its possible side effects such as memory loss, confusion and high blood sugar.

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Govt. clears pharma policy, caps prices of 348 drugs

NEW DELHI : The Union Cabinet today endorsed the Group of Ministers' (GoM) recommendations on the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy, giving shape to a long pending policy that will have ramification not only on the drug manufacturing industry but also on interests of the common man.

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Pharmexcil spells out clarifications from MoH&FW

Adding to the festive cheer of the Deepawali, the festival of lights, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW), Department of Health & Family Welfare has thrown light on a matter which had seemed to darken the prospects of future pharmaceutical exports.

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Editor’s Emulsion

“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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Pooja Khaitan
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