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PSM India 1st December Newsletter
News Archive
Dose of the day

“Every citizen must work as a law enforcer and be a Whistle Blower to expose the evil of the manufacture and distribution of spurious medicines.”
Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, IAS (Retd.)
Chairman, PSM India Initiative

Editor's Emulsion

Pooja Khaitan


Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India Initiative is a coalition of consumer organizations, patients, physicians, pharmacists, universities, pharma industry associations and other professional organizations committed to the quality and safety of medicines thus protecting consumers against unapproved, spurious, counterfeit, not of standards, falsified, mishandled or otherwise unsafe medicines.

If you have any suggestions, comments or queries, please email me at pooja@safemedicinesindia.in.
You may find our previous issues on our website www.safemedicinesindia.in or in the NEWS ARCHIVE section of every PSM NEWZ issue , in case you’ve missed any of them. You may also look us up on Facebook .

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.
Please visit our website www.safemedicinesindia.in if you wish to learn about us .
To register a complaint kindly visit our consumer redressal website www.consumerconexion.org

Stay Safe; Stay Healthy !!
Best wishes ,

Pooja Khaitan
Chief Editor ,
Partnership for Safe Medicines India.


Check the label on your prescribed medicine

Is the label crooked? Does it look different than previous prescriptions of the same drug? Are the instructions in English? Does the packaging look clean and correctly sealed? When comparing packaging, look for differences in paper, printing, color, and fonts (i.e. is it the same size, raised print, embossed, etc.). If you notice changes, do not take the drugs, and show the packaging to your doctor.

National Injections
Drugs illegally made, sold in Puducherry
PUDUCHERRY, NOV 2013: Over 500 combination drugs, which have not been permitted by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), are being produced by drug manufacturing firms and sold in the market in Puducherry.
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Chemicals worth Rs 600 cr seized from Baddi unit
PATIALA, November 2013: The Patiala police today claimed to have seized chemicals worth Rs 600 crore allegedly used in preparing synthetic drug “ice” from a pharmaceutical unit in Baddi.

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Drugs Department asks pharma industries to submit monthly details
SOLAN, Nov 2013: Waking up from its slumber after the seizure of huge quantity of pseudoephedrine by the Punjab police, the Himachal drugs department on Monday issued fresh orders asking managements of all pharmaceutical industries, engaged in manufacturing and using of raw drug materials
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Eight kids die in Kashmir due to suspected adverse events of pentavalent vaccine
MUMBAI, Nov 2013: Even as the union health ministry is going hammer and tongs in introducing the controversial pentavalent vaccination in more and more states in the country despite reservations expressed by experts on the safety of the vaccine, eight infants died in Kashmir due to suspected adverse events following pentavalent vaccination. The deaths were reported between September and October this year.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
Drug procurement through CMSS to start soon with Government making it operational

NEW DELHI, Nov 2013: The keenly-awaited Central Medical Services Society (CMSS), looking to streamline the sensitive drug procurement system, has been made formally operational with the Union Health Ministry issuing the final notification to spell out the details including the system of procurement of medicines.

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Health ministry to ban all hazardous and doubtful therapeutic efficacy drugs in market

MUMBAI, Nov 2013: The Union health ministry will soon ban all the hazardous and irrational drugs in the pharmaceutical market in the country.

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Global Injections
3 More Synthetic Drugs become Illegal for at least 2 Years

WASHINGTON D.C., NOV 2013: Effective today, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made the synthetic phenethylamines 25I-NBOMe, 25C-NBOMe, and 25B-NBOMe Schedule I, illegal drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for the next two years.

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FDA arrest fake producer of UNILEVER products

LASHIBI, Nov 2013: The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) with the assistance of the security agencies has arrested a 64-year-old woman for producing and distributing fake Unilever products and other unregistered products.

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European Medicines Agency: No more problems found with Roche drugs after investigation

LONDON, NOV 2013 :The European Medicines Agency says it has finished an investigation of the way pharmaceutical giant Roche reported side effects for 19 drugs in the U.S. and has found no new safety concerns.

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UK proposes new law to jail doctors, nurses for "willful negligence," critics say

LONDON, NOV 2013 : The British government is proposing a new law that could jail doctors and nurses for up to five years, if they are convicted of "willful negligence."

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Pharma Injections
FDA orders recall of tuberculosis drug with wrong dosage

MUMBAI, Nov 2013: A day after this newspaper reported that stray strips of pharma major Sandoz's tuberculosis combination drug '4D' sold across six states carried wrong dosage, the Food and Drugs Administration directed the manufacturer to withdraw the entire suspect batch of the drug from the market.

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Sandoz recalls wrongly packed TB drug batch from 5 States

MUMBAI, NOV 2013: Drug-maker Sandoz has been asked to recall a batch of wrongly-packaged tuberculosis (TB) drugs from the market.

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Global Injections

“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.”

We welcome your valuable contributions and news articles . Please feel free to write to THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF at
pooja@safemedicinesindia.in regarding the same . We shall be delighted to include your articles in our next issue .

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