The Prescription: 1st December 2017 Issue
Editor’s EmulsionPSM INDIA Capsules Drug Laws & Policy Injections Pharma Injections DRUG DOPES National Injections Global Injections PSM Pill DOSE OF THE DAY FAQ Subscriber's Symptom UpComing Events Laughter Dose Blog Addict Contact Us
News Archive

Pooja Khaitan


Welcome to yet another edition of our newsletter.

Heart attack, stroke, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for six out of ten deaths in India, shows data from a recent study. The study will play a major role taking more specific action to improve the health and lives of the poor with special focus on the states that are relatively less developed. Read the complete study in this issue under PSM-India capsule. Read More>>>

If you have any suggestions, comments or queries, please email me at
You may find our previous issues on or in the NEWS ARCHIVE section of every issue of The PRESCRIPTION, in case you’ve missed any of them. You may also look us up on Facebook under Partnership for Safe Medicines India

"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 if you wish to learn about us .
To register a complaint kindly visit our consumer redressal website

Happy Reading !
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy !

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


"India is deeply committed nationally and globally to achieving all public health goals and also focusing on developing India as a hub for affordable medical devices.”

J P Nadda
Union Health Minister

PSM India Capsules

Silent killer- non communicable diseases

According to a new study, it has been examined how life-threatening diseases have changed in India and found that infectious or communicable diseases are no longer our biggest threat. In India, from 1990 to 2016, non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as heart disease, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases have caused most deaths in a year. Heart disease has long been ranked as the top killer in India. The report measured the inputs in disease burden, which is measured in DALYs i.e. disability-adjusted-life-years, the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death.

Read More
Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Government forms committee to study drugs marketed in country towards creating OTC categoryMumbai, November 2017: Based on the deliberations of 52nd meeting of drugs consultative committee (DCC) held recently in Delhi, government formed a sub-committee comprising of five state drug controllers which will soon start examining the drugs marketed in country vis-a-vis conditions for sale stipulated under various schedules like H, H1, G, X, K. The committee will recommend the list of drugs which may be considered for marketing as OTC along with conditions to be followed.Read More
CDSCO launches online service for medical devices, diagnostics in Sugam portal Mumbai, November, 2017: With an aim to facilitate single window clearance for medical device and diagnostics industry, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has launched online service for grant of import, manufacture, clinical investigation, sale and distribution licences of medical devices and diagnostics in Sugam portal.Read More
Bill to regulate private hospitals tabled in Karnataka assemblyBelagavi (Karnataka), November 2017: A modified amendment Bill to regulate the functioning of private hospitals across Karnataka was introduced in the state legislative assembly here on Tuesday. Tabling the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (KPME) Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill 2017 to regulate the healthcare system in the state, Health and Family Welfare Minister K.R. Ramesh Kumar told the lawmakers that its various provisions would be discussed and debated before its passage. Read More
Samsung partners with UP to set up 20 Smart Healthcare CentresNew Delhi, November 2017: Samsung India has entered into a partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh to add 20 new Samsung Smart Healthcare centres across the state and provide affordable and quality healthcare to patients from the economically and socially weaker sections of society. Read More
Health ministry introduces daily drug regimen for treatment of tuberculosisMumbai, November 2017: The Union health ministry has launched daily regimen for tuberculosis (TB) patients across the country under The Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP). The ministry has been providing the thrice weekly regimen for the treatment of TB. However it has now decided to change the treatment strategy for TB patients from thrice weekly to daily drug regimen using fixed dose combinations (FDC) for treatment. This change will bring transformation in the approach and the intensity to deal with this disease which accounts for about 4.2 lakh deaths every year. Read More
Pharma Injections
Anti-TB drugs to be made available for patients seeking treatment in private sectorNEW DELHI, NOV 2017: The anti-TB drugs, which are being given under the newly rolled out daily drug regimen, will be made available to pharmacies and practitioners for patients who seek treatment in the private sector, the health ministry said today.Read More
NO2 levels hover near danger mark; docs warn of respiratory ailmentsBENGALURU, NOV 2017: It's not just suspended particulate matter that is choking Bengaluru. There has been a considerable increase in the levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), an air pollutant that can trigger respiratory problems and eye irritation. Continued exposure to it can prove hazardous for asthma patients, say doctors.Read More
India can become second largest market for robotic surgery Panaji, Nov 2017: With the aim of installing 200 more robots and reach over 20,000 robotic-assisted surgeries per year by 2020, US-based Vattikuti Foundation is set to make India the second largest market for robotic surgery in the world after the US, said the non-profit's top executive here. "India today has tremendous potential and much talent, across all domains specially in the medical field," Raj Vattikuti, Founder and President of Vattikuti Foundation -- a non-profit promoting robotic surgeries across the world, including in India -- told IANS on Saturday. Read More
Water test may help prevent bone disease in India NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 2017: A simple colour-changing test to rapidly detect fluoride in drinking water may help prevent a crippling bone disease, in developing countries such as India, scientists have said. While low amounts of fluoride are beneficial for healthy teeth, high levels of fluoride can weaken bones, leading to skeletal fluorosis, said researchers at the University of Bath in the UK. 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
Tramadol: Licence of two Amritsar firms suspendedChandigarh, November 2017: The state drug controller has suspended the licence of Amritsar-based Ramsons Remedies, a manufacturer of tramadol tablets, and export house Royal Enterprises over the dubious deal of supply of 24 million tablets, which were ordered by a Dubai firm but the consignment was allegedly being diverted to ISIS in Syria. Read More
Banning combination drugs: A high-stakes case in pointNew Delhi, November 2017: A bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justices Rohinton Nariman and S K Kaul is currently hearing an appeal against the judgment by a single judge of the Delhi High Court setting aside the government’s ban of 344 fixed dose combination (FDC) drugs. The high court had set aside the ban on the grounds that the government did not consult the statutory bodies established under the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940, (DCA) before issuing the ban orders under Section 26A of Act. This is a high stakes litigation for public health in India and if the Supreme Court does uphold the government’s ban, it will mark a milestone in the battle to restore the rule of law to the shockingly unregulated FDC market. Read More
Glenmark gets USFDA nod for contraceptive tablets New Delhi, November 2017: Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has received final approval from the US health regulator for generic version of Loestrin tablets used to prevent pregnancy. Read More
National Injections
Nadda seeks report from Fortis after girl's death New Delhi, 21 Nov 2017: Calling the death of a seven-year-old girl at Gurugram's Fortis Hospital unfortunate, Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Tuesday said the government had sought a detailed report from the hospital. Stating that action will be taken if required, Nadda also said that his ministry had written to all states regarding the registration and regulation of all clinical establishments with a view to prescribe the minimum standards of facilities and services. Read More
Patients in lurch as gynecologists being transferred in Doon medical college DEHRADUN, NOV 2017: The problems of patients and staff of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Doon medical college increased after two doctors were transferred on Tuesday. Now the unit is left with just five doctors who are responsible for treatment of 110 expecting mothers and new-moms.Read More
Dera hospital ran illegal skin bank, conducted surgeries CHANDIGARH, NOV 2017: The Shah Satnam Specialty Hospital inside Dera Sacha Sauda’s Sirsa headquarters was conducting skin transplant surgeries without any of the necessary approvals. In fact, when a team led by high court appointed court commissioner, A K Singh Panwar, searched the hospital recently, they recovered a domestic refrigerator with 29 plastic containers with skin pieces of varying lengths and breadths. Read More
Nashik: Sonography centre sealed for conducting sex determination test Nashik, Nov 2017: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has sealed a sonography centre here and suspended its registration for allegedly carrying out sex determination test in violation of law, an official said today. Read More
1.5 kg ball of hair removed from Indore woman's stomach New Delhi, November, 2017: People eat all sorts of things – this 25-year-old woman ate her own hair. Doctors in Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital in Indore removed a ball of hair weighing around 1.5 kg from the woman's stomach. Read More
28-year-old brain dead man gives life to three Noida, November 2017: A 28-year-old Assistant Professor of architecture at a renowned institute in Gurugram gave a new lease of life to three people on Friday after his family agreed to donate his five organs -- liver, corneas and both kidneys. Read More
Global Injections
US scientists find new possibility to cure leukemia Washington, Nov 2017: A group of American scientists has found a new possibility to cure leukemia, a deadly disease that strikes patients as young as seven. Read More
Popular antacid may help fight tuberculosis: study London, Nov 2017: A low-cost drug widely used to treat conditions such as heartburn, gastritis and ulcers could work against the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB). Read More

How breastmilk helps combat food allergies in newborns

New York, Nov 2017: Breastmilk of nursing mothers who eat foods that commonly cause allergy, such as milk, eggs, peanut, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish during pregnancy can help protect newborns from developing food allergies, suggests a new research.Read More

Breast cancer screening should be more frequent for overweight women, scientists say

London, Nov 2017: Overweight women should be screened for breast cancer more frequently as they have a greater chance of rapidly developing hard-to-treat tumours, a new study shows. conditions.Read More


Law Enforcement And Medical Communities Fear That Fake Meds Made With Fentanyl Flooding U.S. Streets

November 2017: There is widespread fear within the law enforcement and medical communities that the proliferation of counterfeit opioid pills have been sickening and killing people around the U.S., reports the Washington Post. Counterfeit medicines made with fentanyl have already been found in 80% of the states in the country with deaths in 16 states. As prescription painkillers become harder to get, drug cartels have seized on the opportunity to flood the streets with fake drugs made with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin.

Read More

Woman Receives 20,000 Fake Pills Instead Of Yoga Mat In Mail

November 2017: In October, a woman in Rock Hill, South Carolina received a package from Walmart that she assumed was a yoga mat she had ordered. Instead, the package contained over 20,000 oxycodone pills, WSOCTV reports.

Read More

Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is Leukemia?
Leukemia is a blood cancer that starts in the bone marrow, which is the soft tissue inside most bones. When one is diagnosed with leukemia, their bone marrow starts to make a lot of abnormal white blood cells. These cells are referred to as leukemia cells. These cells grow at a faster pace than normal white blood cells. Leukemia cells continue to grow and divide, eventually crowding out the normal blood cells. Over a period of time, leukemia cells can take over normal blood cells, which can lead to serious problems such as anaemia, bleeding and infections.
Swollen lymph nodes that don't hurt, fever, feeling weak and tired and bleeding and bruising are some common symptoms of leukemia. Some others include unintentional weight loss, bone pain and tenderness, frequent infections, bleeding or bruising easily. There are different types of Leukemia, depending on how quickly the disease develops and the types of cells produced. Leukemia is also known as acute Leukemia is developed rapidly. Read More>>>



Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Ms. Smriti, Dermatologist, Gurugram

Dry skin is a common skin care issue in winter and it is best to prepare your skin in advance for the cold months ahead. Rose water, olive oil and egg yolk mixture to retain moisture in your skin during this season has been recommended by the experts. Read More

Upcoming Events
UpComing Events
Click Here For More Events
Laughter Dose
Blog Addicts
Ms. Aarohi, Haridwar It's awesome, really, I can't say enough about how well it's tailored to cover healthcare news from all around.
Ms. Shahina Saba, KolkataThank you for all of your hard work and dedication in publishing such an updated newsletter.
Mr. Jagdish Tyagi, Gaya I love the approachable format and the articles that PSM-India choses to feature in their Newsletter. Good work, Keep it up!
This Newsletter is brought to you by
© 2011 Partnership for Safe Medicines India
F-9, 2nd floor, Kailash Colony, New Delhi -110048;;
Disclaimer : Our newsletter endeavors to compile patient safety information from various sources . PSM India may not be held responsible for any article published in The Prescription.