The Prescription: 1st January 2018 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan

Wishing you and your family the best of health and loads of happiness in this new year 2018! May this year bring forth positive initiatives in the health care sector and may our nation move towards achieving Universal Health Coverage for All and Access to Safe and Quality Healthcare.
Where there is Health, there is peace and where there is peace, there is love and happiness. On this note, I wish you all the very best in this year and urge you to being more aware, sensitive and caring towards your surroundings. Let’s pledge to make a positive difference through our actions, however small, and touch atleast 5 lives this year! Remember, to touch 5 lives, you first need to begin with yourself. So take good care of yourself and don’t negotiate your Heath for anything in the world. Get yourself ready and then reach out to others.

Your time starts now.

There’s lots been happening in our country and around the world in the field of healthcare and this edition of The Prescription sure catches on most of it. From PSM India celebrating patient Solidarity day to Indian startups developing rapid tests to help check antibiotic resistance; from private health sector credibility being at stake to pharmacists not being empowered to open clinics or diagnose diseases and prescribe drugs; from the list of newly approved drugs to the entire year end review by the department of pharmaceuticals, we have it all covered in this issue.

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Stay Healthy. Stay Protected.

Happy New Year.

Pooja Khaitan

The Prescription


“I dream of a Digital India where quality healthcare percolates right up to the remotest regions powered by e-Healthcare.”

Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi

PSM India Capsules

Patient Solidarity Day Celebrated

PSM India celebrated Patient Solidarity Day 2017 #PSD2017 with Students, Faculty and Patient Groups on 2nd December in Varanasi India to empower Patients to Access Safe and Quality Healthcare under Universal Health Coverage. Youths pledged to take the Campaign forward in India starting from Uttar Pradesh

Private Health Sector Credibility At Stake

Union Health Minister JP Nadda said the image of the private healthcare sector is at stake and that it should adopt a self-regulatory system to improve their credibility. “Private healthcare sector’s image is on a stake. Their credibility has to be seen and they should go for a self-regulatory system. A common man’s aspiration should also be taken care,” Nadda said while addressing 14th India Health Summit. He added that the issue has to be resolved by improving communication within the organizations.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Year End Review- 2017: Department Of Pharmaceuticals PRADHAN MANTRI BHARTIYA JANAUSHADHI PARIYOJANA(PMBJP) During the period from 1.1.17 to 18.12.2017, 3019 PMBJP Kendras are functional. The scheme’s product basket has been expanded to cover 652 medicines and 154 surgicals & consumables covering all therapeutic categories such as Anti-infectives, Anti-diabetics, Cardiovasculars, Anti-cancers, Gastro-intestinal medicines, etc.Read More
National Commission For Indian Systems Of Medicine And Homoeopathy set up New Delhi, Dec 2017: A Committee under the Chairmanship of Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NITI Aayog and Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH as members has been set up to examine the working of the regulatory bodies namely, Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and Central Council of Homoeopathy(CCH) and their governing legislations namely, Indian Medicine Central Council Act 1970 and Homoeopathy Central Council Act 1973 respectively for suggesting suitable reforms. Read More
Bombay High Court Stays Government Circular Allowing Homeopaths To Practice Allopathy MUMBAI, DEC 2017: In a setback to the Maharashtra government, the Bombay high court on Thursday stayed its notification permitting doctors having a degree of LCEH (licentiate of the court of examiners in homeopathy) to practice allopathy. A bench of justice Shantanu Kemkar and justice Rajesh Ketkar passed the interim order on a petition by Indian Medical Association (IMA) challenging the September 27, 2017 notification which permits homeopaths holding a degree of LCEH to register themselves as allopathic doctors with the Maharashtra Medical Council. Read More
CDSCO, Maharashtra FDA To Conduct Joint Inspections Of Schedule M Units Across State To Verify GMP ComplianceMumbai, Dec 2017: The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) and the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon conduct joint inspections of Schedule M units across the state to verify the compliance to good manufacturing practices (GMP). Meanwhile, Maharashtra FDA is in the process of verifying compliance reports of self -audits done by around 800 manufacturers in the state. Schedule M units in the state were earlier directed to do self-auditing of the manufacturing sites based on issuance of check list by the state regulator before an inspection. Read More
Pharmacists Not Empowered To Open Clinics, Diagnose Diseases & Prescribe Drugs Under PPR-2015: PCIBengaluru, Dec 2017: The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) has issued a clarification on Pharmacy Practice Regulations, 2015 (PPR-2015) that pharmacists are not empowered to open pharma clinics, diagnose diseases and prescribe medicines. The reason for the clarification is that various messages are being circulated on social media platforms including WhatsApp and via emails, that pharmacists are empowered under Pharmacy Practice Regulations, 2015 to open pharma clinics to diagnose and recommend suitable medication. Read More
Pharma Injections
Indian Startups Developing Rapid Tests To Help Check Antibiotic ResistanceNew Delhi, Dec 2017: Overuse and misuse of antibiotic drugs has given rise to disease-causing bugs developing resistance. In order to provide effective treatment for various infections, it has become necessary to quickly find out if an infection-causing agent is resistant or susceptible to drugs. Four research startups with innovative ideas have been selected for research grants to develop such rapid tests.Read More
Liberate Pharmacy Education From Dual Control: Pharmaceutical CongressChandigarh, Dec 2017 (ANI): Arguing that pharmacy education courses are not technical programmes, the 69th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC) on Sunday passed a resolution that called on the Central Government to liberate all pharmacy courses from dual control of two agencies, the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).Read More
Ruling Against Novartis Could Have Wider Implications For Generic Drug Labels San Francisco, Dec 2017: California's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against Novartis in a decision that could have wider implications for whether brand-name or generic drugmakers should be held liable for warning consumers of risks in their drug labels. In a departure from other recent rulings, the highest California court found that a brand-name drug manufacturer's duty to warn consumers does extend to a generic, but only because federal regulations currently require generic drugs to carry the same warning label as appears on the brand-name product. Read More
Edixomed Develops Revolutionary Technology For Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance London, Dec 2017: New results announced at the recent Wounds UK conference and Eurobiofilms 2017 congress, have provided the latest evidence that Edixomed, a UK biotechnology company, has developed a revolutionary new technology for tackling the enormous public health challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Edixomed’s unique technology, which can be delivered as a liquid, gel or inhaled spray, rapidly and safely kills bacteria, viruses and fungi, including the hardest-to-treat antibiotic resistant strains. Read More
A Glorious Kick Start To 69th Indian Pharma Congress At Chitkara University Chandigarh, 22 Dec 2017: 69th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC), a three day International Conference between December 22-24, 2017, kick started at Chitkara University, Punjab campus with a grand and glorious inaugural ceremony presided by Sh. V. P. Badnore (Hon'ble Governor of Punjab), Sh. Brahm Mohinder Singh (Hon'ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab), with eminent dignitaries and officials from different fields on the dais 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
Prescription Drugs Reach In Bulk Via Illegal RouteTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC 2017: With state drugs control facing shortage of manpower and infrastructure facilities, those smuggling in prescription drugs including psycho pharmaceutical drugs are having a field day especially in areas bordering Tamil Nadu. The problem is more acute in border districts Thiruvnanthapuram, Kollam, Idukki and Palakkad. Shortage of manpower and mobile units has hit enforcement activities badly. Even big districts like Idukki and Palakkad which are the main points of such illegal sales, are without vehicles. The drug inspectors have to travel by buses for hours for carrying out inspections. Read More
Court Stays Cipla From Using I-OMEGA TrademarkAHMEDABAD, DEC 2017: A local court has restrained pharmaceutical giant Cipla Ltd from manufacturing and marketing a dietary healthcare supplement following a plaint from a local company, Palak Pharma, on infringement of its trademark rights. Read More
Clinical Data Fudged, 2 Medical Colleges Lose Admission Rights Hyderabad, December 2017: Two medical colleges in Telangana will not be able to admit students in the 2018-19 academic year as the Medical Council of India (MCI) has refused to renew their permission, while another institute's application to set up a medical college in the city was rejected. Read More
US FDA Bars Use Of 24 Ingredients In Antiseptic Washes Maryland, Dec 2017: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized a rule barring the use of 24 active ingredients, including triclosan, from use in over-the-counter (OTC) antiseptic washes and rubs such as hand washes and surgical hand scrubs used in health care settings. Read More
Delhi Still Not Free Of Spurious Ayush Medicines New Delhi, Dec 2017: Of 11,889 samples of Ayush medicines tested in 24 States from 2013-14 to 2015-16, 254 samples failed quality testing, according to information given by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Read More
National Injections
3,013 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Kendras functional in 33 States/UTs: Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, informed that as on 13.12.2017, 3,013 ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Kendras’ are functional in 33 States/UTs of the country. Read More
NPPA Notifies Prices Of 65 Essential FormulationsNEW DELHI, DEC 2017: National drug pricing regulator NPPA today said it has notified prices of 65 essential formulations, including those used for the treatment of diabetes, infections, pain and high blood pressure.Read More
High Court Sets Aside FDAs Move To Prosecute Doctor Aurangabad, Dec 2017: The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay high court has quashed and set aside the orders of the food and drug department, which had initiated action against a doctor on the charges of conniving with a pharmacist and selling drugs from a store without a valid license. Read More
India Fast Emerging As Inventors' Hub For Drugs Patent Chandigarh, Dec 2017 (ANI): India is fast emerging as an inventors' hub for patents for an assortment of drugs worldwide. Around 15 per cent of the total 1.3 lakh patents filed in India from 2013 to 2015 have been contributed by the indigenous pharmaceutical industry. India is ranked second only to the United States in terms of applications for product patent for drugs with the USFDA (US Food and Drug Administration) as revealed during the ongoing 69th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress taking place in Chandigarh. Read More
Jan Aushadhi Kendra’ Almost Defunct In UP AGRA, DEC 2017: To provide medicines on affordable rates to poor, the Central government had opened Jan Aushdhi Kendras which were providing generic medicines at low cost. Read More
Only Pharmacists Can Stop Fake Drug Menace: Punjab Governor Chandigarh, Dec 2017 (ANI): Inaugurating the three-day 69th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC) at the Chitkara University Campus here on Friday, Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore said that pharmacists had a key role to play in stopping the menace of fake drugs entering the market. Read More
Global Injections
Prescription medicines responsible for more drug-induced deaths in Australia than illegal drugs More deaths are now caused by prescription medicines than illegal drugs in Australia. There has been a 'substantial rise' in prescription drug-related deaths, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Read More enters plea deal over fake cancer drug sales The online pharmacy and two subsidiary businesses allegedly behind an operation selling counterfeit cancer meds to American doctors have reached a multi-million-dollar plea deal. Five employees of the online pharmacy, including founder Kristjan Thorkelson, were arrested in Manitoba.. Read More

US FDA Proposes Easing Of Medical Device Malfunctioning Reporting Maryland, Dec 2017: Today’s Federal Register includes a new FDA proposal that is meant to streamline voluntary malfunction summary reporting for medical device companies.Read More

New Warnings Regarding The Use Of Certain Sedative And Anesthetic Drugs During Pregnancy And In Early Childhood OTTAWA, DEC, 2017: Anesthetics and sedatives are used to prevent pain during surgery and other procedures or tests. However, the use of certain sedative and anesthetic drugs may have an impact on children's developing brains.Read More


The Top 9 Health Risks Women Face From Counterfeit Medications

Disfiguration has been caused by Counterfeit Botox™ containing questionable inauthentic ingredients, such as cooking oil, which caused abscesses, scarring and kidney failure in victims. A New Zealand woman was hospitalized for 6 weeks after being injected by an unknown substance by a friend who bought fake Botox online.

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Overdoses Linked To Counterfeit Xanax Cause Police To Issue A Public Warning

December 2017: According to the Yakima Herald, police in Washington warned residents to be on the lookout for a counterfeit batch Xanax being sold on the streets. Although authorities do not think anyone died from taking any of these pills, this is not the first time that counterfeit drugs have showed up on their city streets. The Yakima Herald also reported on a spate of overdoses linked to fake pills laced with fentanyl in 2016.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What are Nutraceuticals?
Answer: Nutraceuticals are products that provide health and medicinal benefits, including the prevention and treatment of diseases in addition to the basic nutritional value found in foodstuff. They are used to promote general well-being, control symptoms and prevent malignant processes. Nutraceuticals are broadly classified as Functional foods and Dietary Supplements.
Functional foods are consumed as part of the usual diet, and are demonstrated to have physiological benefits and/or reduce the risk of chronic disease beyond basic nutritional functions. These products help prevent a disease or compromised health condition and/or improve physical or mental performance. Nutraceuticals ingredients like omega-3 fatty acids (e.g. DHA) can be targeted at heart health or general cognitive health based formulations. Examples of functional foods are Omega Fatty Acid Fortified Foods, Probiotic Fortified Foods, Branded Iodinated Salt, Fictional Beverages like Energy Drinks, Sports Drinks, Fortified Juices etc.
Dietary Supplements are defined as any product containing dietary ingredients intended to supplement a diet. Dietary ingredients in these products may include vitamins, minerals, herbs, or other botanicals, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues, glandular and metabolites. Examples of Dietary Supplements are Vitamin and Mineral Supplements, Herbal Supplements, Protein Supplements, Chyawanprash etc.

Q2.What is a Drug food interaction?
Answer: A drug-food interaction occurs when the food you eat affects the ingredients in a medicine you are taking so the medicine cannot work the way it should or cause a side effect from a medicine to get worse or better or cause a new side effect. Due to drug-food interaction the medicine can also change the way your body uses a food. Drug-food interactions can happen with both prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including antacids, vitamins and iron pills, so always ask your doctor and or pharmacist before initiating any course of medication. Not all medicines are affected by food, but many medicines can be affected by what you eat and when you eat it. For example - Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) e.g. Omeprazole, Pantoprazole, Esomeprazole etc. are very common for chronic acidity and gas. They work by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach. The food may delay or decrease absorption on PPIs, so they are recommended to take in empty stomach for maximum absorption and efficacy. On the other hand, some medicines are easier to tolerate when taken with food. For example- Common Painkillers and Anti-Inflammatory Drugs like Aspirin, Diclofenac, Ibuprofen and Antipyretics Paracetamol are always recommended to administer with food or milk to avoid stomach upset. These medicines may even cause stomach bleeding for alcoholic patients, especially to those who drink three or more alcoholic drinks every day.


Five super foods that every pregnant woman should eat!

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Dr. Shreya, Gynecologist, Bangalore

Every pregnant woman should eat the healthiest and best foods as it is the main source of nutrition for their baby. Having a healthy and balanced diet keep expectant mothers healthy to face all the stress, strains of pregnancy, labor and further boosts their baby's growth. A pregnant woman will need about 300 additional calories in their diet every day from the second trimester. Read More

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