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PSM India 1st July Newsletter
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National Injections
Fake drugs worth Rs 25 lakh seized, 4 held
PATNA, JUNE 2014: Patna police on Friday seized suspected fake medicines worth Rs 25 lakh and arrested four persons in this connection. Several raids were conducted by investigating teams comprising Patna police and drug inspectors at the godowns of medicine suppliers at S K Puri and adjoining areas. A large number of medicines cartons were found stored at the godowns. The medicines were dumped in different cartons while their labels were stored in separate boxes.
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India in the grip of fake drugs: RTI inquiry reveals 10-20 per cent of drugs found in major states are imitations
June, 2014: Look carefully before you take that antacid tablet. Chances are, it could turn out to be spurious.
An RTI query revealed that between 10 and 20 per cent of drugs are fake in states like Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
In smaller states like Delhi and Goa, the volume of spurious drugs may be just under five per cent.

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Chemists across Maharashtra surrender 4,958 licenses to FDA in 2013-14
MUMBAI, June 2014: Following crackdown by Maharashtra Food and Drug (FDA) on retail shops running without a pharmacist and not maintaining proper billing records, around 4, 958 retail licenses have been surrendered in the year 2013-14. During the year, the FDA had conducted inspections on 48086 retail stores in the state and cancelled licences of 5452 retail pharmacies and suspended licences of another 3178 retailers across the state.
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Over 200 ampoules of Lupigesic seized
Kochi, June 2014: The Excise Enforcement Squad seized 205 ampoules of Buprenorphine injection IP Lupigesic from a person near Madavana here around 2.10 p.m. on Tuesday. The drugs were seized from Harris, 26, of Panangad. Excise officials said he was arrested from near Vellayakkunneth Road near Madavana junction while he was trying to sell the substance. “He procured the substance from Delhi for a price of about Rs.60 per each 2 ml ampoule.
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Gujarat FDCA to launch India's first mobile drug testing lab by June end
MUMBAI, June 2014: With a view to provide best healthcare services to the patient throughout the state, the Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) recently procured an advanced on the spot mobile drug testing lab equipped with high-tech devices at a total investment of Rs. 1 crore. The mobile testing lab is currently undergoing final stages of up-gradation so as to meet the regulators requirement after which it will be launched in the state by end of June.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
Health ministry meets key policy makers to chart out action plan for first 100 days

MUMBAI, June 2014: The Ministry of Health headed by Dr Harshvardhan recently had a high level consultation with the top policy makers in Delhi to chart out government's action plan for the first 100 days with respect to healthcare reforms. It is understood that the government is keen to initiate and start delivering on promises in the election manifesto which had strong reference to healthcare needs.

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Health Ministry to begin drug procurement through CMSS soon

MUMBAI, June 2014:The much-awaited drug procurement through the newly established Central Medical Services Society (CMSS) for different flagship programmes of the Union health ministry will begin soon as the infrastructure work for the same is in the final stages of completion.

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Global Injections
Spain: Police seize fake medicine; arrest 17 suspects

MADRID, Spain, May 2014 : Spanish police officers said on May 27 they detained 17 suspects for allegedly selling over the Internet large quantities of fake medication made in Asia. The authorities seized nearly 420,000 fake pills during a search of 136 packages found in airmail and luggage in Spanish airports, police said in a prepared statement.

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USP Field Testing for Rapid Counterfeit Drug Screening Tool Begins in Africa

Rockville, June 2014: Field testing for a new screening tool intended to help quickly detect counterfeit and poor quality medicines has begun at the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention’s (USP) Center for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training (CePAT), located in Ghana. The new screening device, called CD-3+, was launched by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April 2013.

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Pharma Injections
Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan talks tough; orders emergency on Encephalitis front Pulse Polio-like drive for child killer disease in select districts over June 22, 23

NEW DELHI, June, 2014 : The Union Health Minister Dr.Harsh Vardhan has ordered all stops be removed for 100 percent immunization of children in select districts of the states affected by annual visitations of two deadly strains of Encephalitis. The impulse has come from the death of 44 children in six districts of Bihar over the past fortnight but the Minister is concerned over the annual death toll in adjoining eastern Uttar Pradesh as well which is in the 500-600 range.

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Pondicherry first region in India to ban production of unapproved FDC drugs: Health secretary

CHENNAI, June 2014: Following registration of cases of violation of provision 122E of the Drugs & Cosmetics Rules b CBI against 35 manufacturing companies in the union territory, the government of Pondicherry decided to issue licences for manufacture only for drugs approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). No unapproved drug will be allowed to manufacture in the union territory, according to C Ragesh Chandra, health secretary for the government of Pondicherry.

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