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Pooja Khaitan


With Patient Solidarity Day round the corner, it's time we pledged ourselves to the cause of Universal Health Coverage for all which is essential and no-one should be left behind. Join us as we celebrate this day at Varanasi. Get more details on this under PSM India capsules and on our facebook and twitter pages.

While, on one hand, Doctors at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute performed the first scar-less surgery in India , there were CGHS doctors who came under the scanner for prescribing expensive medicines and one of the worst cases of medical negligence surfaced in India. Know more on this and how Probiotics help to reduce stress and a new class of drugs that may combat antibiotic resistance under National Injections and Pharma Injections.

The arrival of a 'miracle baby' weighing lesser than an iPad, that is, just 631 grams, why the FDA wants more control over some lab tests and a 14-year-old girl who died of cancer became the first child to be cryogenically frozen after death are some of the remarkable articles in Global Injections.


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Patient Solidarity Day. 3rd December, 2016

Join us on Saturday 3rd December to mark Patient Solidarity Day. Patients from across the world will come together to the Day. This is a unique opportunity for patients, patients’ groups and others to stand together and proclaim that patient-centred universal health coverage is essential and that no-one can be left behind.

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Patients lack knowledge on how to report adverse drug reactions

A lack of awareness about reporting systems for adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and confusion about how they work are preventing patients from informing medicines safety regulators when something goes wrong, according to research published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Medicines won't be called 'counterfeit', WHO says NEW DELHI, 26 NOV 2016: In a major victory for India, which has been pushing hard to get the term "counterfeit" dropped from references to medical products, especially generic medicines, the World Health Organisation's technical working group has decided to drop the term and distance itself from any agenda of enforcing intellectual property.Read More
FSSAI sets rules to check health supplement mis-labelling New Delhi, Nov 2016: Health supplements cannot be sold as 'medicines' any more, with food safety watchdog FSSAI today announcing new standards for manufacturers of these products to check mis-labelling.Read More
Health ministry asks AIOCD to coordinate with other stakeholders to develop skills of untrained drug dispensersMumbai, Nov 2016: With an aim to stimulate skill development of human resources in pharmacy, the Union Health Ministry has called upon all the stakeholders including pharmacists' associations, AIOCD, Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) and Healthcare Sector Skill Council to jointly work on a module to develop skills of unqualified people having more than 5 years of experience in dispensing drugs under a pharmacist. Read More
After a decade of its proposal, DoP still struggling on pricing of patented drugsMumbai, November, 2016: Almost a decade has passed since the proposal was first mooted, but the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) could not yet finsalise a national policy on pricing of patented drugs before they are imported into the country, thanks to the pulls and pressures being exerted by different stakeholders in the industry. Read More
Government likely to repeal three pharma ActsMumbai, Nov 2016: The government is likely to introduce legislation in the winter session of Parliament to repeal three pharmaceutical-related laws. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has written to the department of pharmaceuticals (DoP) seeking its views and asked it to prepare for the introduction of the Bill to repeal the three Acts: the Pharmacy (Amendment) Act, 1959 (24 of 1959), the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Educational and Research (Amendment) Act, 2002 (28 of 2002), and the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Educational and Research (Amendment) Act, 2007 (19 of 2007), according to a 6 November PMO letter reviewed by Mint. Read More
Pharma Injections
Probiotics help reduce stress, anxietyNov, 2016: A study has found that probiotics, used to keep digestive tract in sync, could reduce stress levels and thus improve health and wellbeing. Researchers at the University of Missouri, using a zebrafish model, determined that a common probiotic sold in supplements and yogurt can decrease stress-related behavior and anxiety.Read More
Drugs to battle antibiotic resistanceNov 16: Scientists have used large-scale supercomputer simulations to discover a new class of drugs that may combat antibiotic resistance in disease-causing bacteria. Laboratory experiments were combined with supercomputing modelling to identify molecules that boost the effect of antibiotics on bacteria.Read More
Alzheimer's proteins behind vision loss in elderly: Study NOV 2016: Researchers have found a group of proteins -- known to be the likely cause of Alzheimer's disease -- that get accumulated in the ageing retina causing damage to it and are also the key reason behind a vision loss condition among individuals aged 50 and older. Read More
New statin guidelines: Everyone 40 and older should be considered for the drug therapy NOVEMBER 2016: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Sunday issued new guidance for the use of cholesterol-busting statin drugs. The report greatly expands the universe of people who should be screened to see if they need the medication to everyone over age 40 regardless of whether they have a history of cardiovascular disease. Read More
Measures for eradication of AIDS Disease New Delhi, Nov 2016: Government of India is committed to eliminating AIDS in consonance with UN Sustainable Development Goals and UNAIDS strategy to eliminate AIDS as a public health problem by 2030. However, HIV virus causing AIDS cannot be eradicated entirely from the country. 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
Some drugs,banned in other countries,allowed in India: Govt New Delhi, 25 Nov 2016: Some drugs, which are banned in other countries, have been allowed to be sold in India subject to certain provisions, the Lok Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste in a written reply said that the drugs which have been allowed are nimesulide, analgin and pioglitazone. Read More
Sun Pharma gets favourable review from DoP on ceiling price of “Imatinib mesylate 100 mg tablet” Mumbai, November, 2016: The Indian pharmaceutical major Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd has received favourable review order from the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) on fixation of ceiling price of “Imatinib mesylate 100 mg tablet” as the DoP has directed the national drug price regulator NPPA to examine all the relevant documents/information furnished by the petitioner company again and to re-fix the ceiling of imatinib mesylate 100 mg tablet, on merit”. Read More
534 Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras functioning in 26 States/UTs New Delhi, Nov 2016 : With a view to achieving the objective of making available quality medicines at affordable prices, the Government has been taking several regulatory and fiscal measures from time to time. In order to provide further relief to the common man in the area of healthcare, a countrywide campaign for ensuring availability of quality generic medicines at affordable prices to all, in the name of "Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana" (PMJAY) has been started. As on date, there are 534 Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras (PMJAK) functioning over 26 States/UTs. The PMJAY is being implemented by the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI). Read More
National Injections
Delhi hospital performs first scar-less surgery in India New Delhi, Nov 2016: Doctors at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute performed the first scar-less surgery in India on an 18-year-old boy from Uzbekistan who developed a congenital heart defect. In a scar-less surgery, the incision given on the patient's chest is almost invisible as it is in the fold of the areole, just beneath the nipple. Read More
CGHS doctors come under scanner for prescribing expensive meds New Delhi, 25 Nov 2016: Despite government's stringent directions for doctors to prescribe cheaper generic medicines, the Union Health Ministry has failed to trace and take any action against errant doctors. An audit conducted under a parliamentary committee, found that from the list of doctors which have been indenting maximum amount of medicines in all the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) cities, during the two years i.e. from 1st January 2014 to 31st March,2016, top ten doctors had prescribed medicines of more than Rs 100 crores each in 23 cities. Read More
One of the worst cases of medical negligence in India Mumbai, 22 Nov 2016: Eight years after a couple from Bhiwandi lost their baby during delivery at the Thane Civil Hospital, the state human rights commission has now asked the Maharashtra government to initiate disciplinary action against three doctors for being "negligent". Read More
Telangana tops in neonatal deaths in India: UNICEF Hyderabad, November 2016: The newly formed state of Telangana tops in neonatal and infant mortality rate in India. According to a recent report released by The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the state of Telangana tops in neonatal deaths of babies which accounts an average of 15, 700 deaths annually. Read More
Demonetisation move negatively impacts pharma stockists and retailers Mumbai, Nov 2016: Government of India’s recent move on demonetisation has negatively impacted pharma stockists and retailers in the country. Both retailers and stockists are finding it difficult to give out change to patients buying medicines, with high denomination notes, which is leading to frequent arguments. Read More
Doctors remove needle from man's body after 22 years Thiruvananthapuram, Nov, 2016: In rarest of the rare case, doctors at a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram removed a needle form a man's body after a gap of 22 years. Kiran Kumar (34), then aged 12, was playing as a child when the needle accidentally penetrated his body. Though he was rushed to a hospital, doctors could not trace it and the family eventually forgot about it. Read More
Global Injections
Why the FDA Wants More Control over Some Lab Tests Every year in the U.S., doctor's offices and hospitals order billions of laboratory tests to measure everything from cholesterol levels in the blood to the presence of a gene thought to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Read More
UAE witnesses the arrival of a 'miracle baby' weighing lesser than an iPad! Abu Dhabi: The world works in mysterious ways and many a times gives us a peek into the miracles it can conjure. In what can certainly be called a medical miracle, doctors in a UAE hospital are overjoyed and stumped at the same time after successfully delivering its smallest patient. Read More

Scientists find process by which APOL1 gene aids kidney disease

Washington D.C, Nov, 2016: According to a paper published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, a Children`s National Health System research team has come up with a novel process by which the gene APOL1 contributes to kidney disease.Read More

Australian scientists closer to creating HIV vaccineAdelaide, Nov, 2016: Australian scientists have taken a step in the "right direction" to creating a vaccine for the deadly HIV virus.Read More

14-year-old girl becomes first child to be cryogenically frozen after death in UKLondon, November, 2016: A 14-year-old girl from London who died of cancer became the first child to be cryogenically frozen after death in UK. The British girl had won the right to have her body frozen in an unprecedented ruling, the High Court said on Friday.Read More

WHO declares end of Zika emergency but says virus remains a threatNov 2016: The World Health Organization on Friday declared that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications.Read More


Real housewives Botox nurse pleads guilty to buying misbranded Botox from fake online pharmacy in Canada

California nurse who provided Botox treatments to the stars of Real Housewives of Orange County has pleaded guilty to charges she treated her patients with non-FDA approved Botox. Her original supplier of the misbranded Botox was SB Medical, an illicit Canadian medication importer that paid $75 million in fines and Penalties in 2015 for illegally importing misbranded and counterfeit medications.

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Florida oncologist convicted for buying misbranded cancer drugs from supplier of fake Avastin

Dr. Diana Anda Norbergs was convicted by a Federal Grand Jury on 45 counts related to her multi-year practice of treating her oncology patients with imported, non-FDA approved cancer medications, and then billing Medicare, public, and private insurers for the full cost of the genuine treatments.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. Inverse Psoriasis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Answer: Inverse psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red and inflamed lesions in the skin folds of the body. It is also known as intertriginous psoriasis.
The location and appearance of these lesions set inverse psoriasis apart from other types of psoriasis. Inverse psoriasis appears as a red, smooth, and shiny lesions found in skin folds of the body. The armpits, groin, under the breasts, and other skin folds are particularly at risk from inverse psoriasis. People who are overweight or who have deep skin folds are more likely to develop inverse psoriasis. People with inverse psoriasis are more likely also to have other types of psoriasis elsewhere on the body.Read More>>>


'Good' hand washing prevents common infections!

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Dr. Shreya, Medicine-MD, Kolkata

One may refuse to listen no matter how many times you told them to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom or toilet, or when they come inside from playing. But, it's a message worth repeating for hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent germs from spreading as well as to keep away from getting sick. Read More

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