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PSM India 1st January Newsletter
Happy New year

News Archive
Editor's Emulsion

Pooja Khaitan


Its that time of the year again…to bid adieu to 2013 and welcome 2014 with a new spirit, new hopes and new resolutions.
New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain. Each January, roughly one in three Indians resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. This year, lets pick on worthy resolutions, one being safeguarding our health and another being aware consumers. Lets never purchase medicines without a prescription and always ask for a receipt on leaving a drug store . And now the most important resolution ….to stick with all what we’ve mentioned above . Here’s to your health!

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.
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To register a complaint kindly visit our consumer redressal website www.consumerconexion.org

Stay Safe; Stay Healthy !!

Pooja Khaitan
Chief Editor ,
Partnership for Safe Medicines India.

Dose of the day

"If any food supplements claim to have medicinal properties, efficacy and effectiveness in curing the diseases/ illnesses, they should also be brought under the purview of the proposed Central Drug Administration."
Member of Parliament ( Rajya Sabha)
Department- related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare

National Injections
400 corex bottles seized from GPO
SRINAGAR, December, 2013: 400 bottles of Corex were seized from a parcel at General Post Office, officials said. In a statement, the Deputy Commissioner Vigilance Commercial Taxes said its team deputed at the GPO seized the “prohibited drug”.
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Doctor wins case of medical negligence, excess billing against hospital
PUNE, December, 2013: Citizens dragging doctors and hospitals to court for medical negligence is a well-documented fact. But here's a case in which a medical practitioner with 35 years of experience filed a complaint of medical negligence against a prominent hospital in the city, and has won the case too. Dr Gulam Mohammed Patel (65) has not only been awarded compensation but he will also get refund of the excess bill charged to him — a common complaint of patients in the city.

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'Sub-standard' medicines: Indore pharma companies face probe
INDORE, December, 2013: An inquiry has been ordered against two Indore-based pharma companies for alleged manufacturing and distributing sub-standard medicines to pregnant women and children under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Tripura.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
New panel to suggest guidelines for verifying over 5000 FDCs approved without DCGI clearance but still in market

NEW DELHI, December, 2013: Over 5000 fixed dose combinations, which were not approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) in respect of their safety and efficacy but granted licenses by the state licensing authorities, continue to be sold in the market, even as the regulatory authorities are now grappling with the question of how to verify them.

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State has no authority to stop vaccination: Centre

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, December, 2013: The Union health ministry has made it clear that the state government has no authority to stop immunization programmes without the consent of the Centre. The communique sent by the Union health secretary to the health department followed a ToI report that the health minister had directed officials not to use pentavalent vaccines without manufacturing dates in the state.

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65th IPC begins with call for improving quality standards of pharmacy education

NEW DELHI, December 2013: The 65th edition of the three-day Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC) began at Amity University, Noida near here today, with a fervent call to improve the quality of standards in pharmacy education, in tune with the emerging scope and industry needs.

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Global Injections
Chinese gang caught smuggling fake Viagra to Africa

BEIJING, December 2013: A woman from Shanghai who ran a criminal ring exporting counterfeit erectile dysfunctional drugs to Africa was on Wednesday sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment and given a 200,000 yuan (US$32,900) fine. The main ingredient in the drugs was maize bran and Sildenafil citrate, reports the Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News.

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Counterfeiters and Illicit Drug Smugglers Using Canada to Sell Fake Meds

KIRKLAND, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - December 17, 2013) - Surf the web and you'll find hundreds of "Canadian" online pharmacies that appear to sell VIAGRA® and other prescription medications. Separating fact from fiction can be difficult. So how do you know which sites are legitimate and whom should you trust in the world of online medicines?

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Pharma Injections
Antibacterial soaps use may outweigh benefits

LONDON, December 2013: The Food and Drug Administration in America has ordered a safety review of antibacterial soaps after a new study warned that such products contain ingredients that make humans resistant to antibiotics. Colleen Rogers, an FDA microbiologist, said that the new data suggests that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits as such products may also have "unanticipated hormonal effects that are of concern," the BBC reported.

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Global Injections

The Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family welfare , Chaired by Shri Brajesh Pathak, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, has submitted their observations and recommendations on the DRUGS AND COSMETIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 2013 to the Indian Parliament on 18th December 2013. . PSM INDIA Initiative founder was invited as the representative of the Patients to depose before the Committee on behalf of Consumer Online Foundation. The know more on the report click on the link below ….

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