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Pooja Khaitan

Welcoming all my fervent readers to the current newsletter edition with varied news on medicine across India and the world!

Initiative taken by India in grandly celebrating and participating on International Yoga Day, 21st of June, 2015 has sent the message of Yoga across the world. Yoga helps in developing the body and mind, bringing in lots of health benefits. We should therefore not ignore it; imbibe its good qualities and make space for it in our day to day life for a healthy living.
Reading across the National Injections section in this issue bringsforth the declaration of India being declared free from maternal and neonatal tetanus, mislabelled tablet srtips raising fear among people, fake Ayurveda drugs being sold to senior citizens, launch of a mobile app for curbing misleading ads, presence of heavy metals in ayurvedic drugs and many other such interesing news flashes.


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“The time frame for prescription validity should be 48 hours. This is because patients will purchase usually drugs immediately for any conditions covering from fever, cough, cold to hypertension, diabetes, cardiac among others. The adverse drug reactions will also manifest within 24 to 36 hours giving the patient time to get back and revise his prescription and return the purchased drugs,”

Dr. BR Jagashetty
Former National Advisor (Drugs control) to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and former Karnataka Drugs Controller

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India leads world on First International Yoga Day from Rajpath, New Delhi

June 22, 2015: India along with whole world celebrated International Yoga Day on June 21st, 2015.
It set a record of great achievement due to the spirit and endeavour shown by more than 35,000 enthusiastic participants. The Rajpath event of International Yoga Day made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest yoga demonstration at a single venue with 35,985 people participating. Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yu’j, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge. Though many of us consider that yoga is a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch, and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul.

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LAUNCHING FIRST TIME in INDIA : Universal Health Coverage for the Poor and Elderly

The proposed project in Varanasi will be managed under a public private partnership by engaging with various stakeholders already existing like the Banares Hindu University, Mata Anandmayee Hospital, Central & State Government and Private Sector Healthcare facilites along with National Level Organisations like the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India Initiiative and Consumer Online Foundation.

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National Injections
India declared free from maternal and neonatal tetanus: WHO June-2015: In a significant public health achievement, India has successfully eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus and has thus been declared as free of maternal and neonatal tetanus by the World Health Organization (WHO). Read More
Mislabelled tablet strip raises fears among people Chennai, June 2015: The photo of a drug which is supposed to be released next year has been doing the rounds on social media for the past few days. The tablet strip's manufacturing date says April 2016 and the expiry date, March 2018. The tablet, labelled 'Flame,' has been manufactured by an Indore-based pharmaceutical company and is a combination of ibuprofen, paracetamol and caffeine. It has been priced at Rs. 11.30 per strip of 10 tablets.Read More
Duo Selling Fake Ayurveda Drugs to Senior Citizens HeldBengaluru, June 2015: Central Crime Branch police raided an Ayurvedic clinic in the city and arrested two people for conning elderly persons into buying fake medicines. Police also recovered fake medicines worth several crores. The accused have been identified as Rohit Sidnal (20) and Durgappa (49), both residents of Mathikere and hailing from Belagavi district. The main accused Shivanand and Virupaksha are absconding. Read More
Excessive lead in ayurvedic drugs causes dementia in 65-yr-old manBengaluru, June 2015: Maggi may be in a soup over its excess lead content. But a 65-year-old from Bengaluru has shown how lead can accumulate in the body from other sources too, like some ayurvedic drugs, and cause serious health hazards. When the senior citizen was brought to a city hospital with signs of dementia, doctors were shocked to find 150 microgram of lead per deci litre in his blood. Read More
'Pilfered' Government drugs found in private clinicBERHAMPUR, June 2015: Huge quantities of government-supplied medicines were found in a private clinic in Berhampur during raids, conducted by revenue, health and drug control officials, on Friday. "We have found 18 varieties of antibiotics and injectable medicines, which were supplied by the government to its hospitals, from Anand Medical and Research Centre. The medicines are worth over Rs 1 lakh," said drugs inspector (Berhampur) S Biswal. Read More
Mobile app launched to curb misleading adsJune, 2015: Lodging and tracking complaints against misleading advertisements has become easier courtesy a mobile app launched by the Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI), a statement said on Wednesday. Pegged as India's first consumer complaint mobile app, the 'ASCI online' app is currently available on Android and iOS platforms. Read More
Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Health ministry completes sampling on spurious, NSQ drugs with ISI, NSSOMumbai, June , 2015: The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has finally completed collection of samples in 15 categories of drugs including antibiotics as part of a survey on spurious and not-of-standard (NoS) drugs being conducted in collaboration with Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) and National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO). Testing of the samples have been started, an official informed. Read More
Central government launches mobile blood bank locator app New Delhi, June 2015: On the occasion of World Blood Donors Day today, the government has launched a mobile application for easy access of information regarding the nearest blood bank in the country. The National Blood Transfusion Council has made available directory of all 2760 licensed blood banks at National Health Portal, an official release said. Read More
IMA sets up register for rare blood groups New Delhi ,June, 2015 : On the eve of the World Blood Donor Day, the Indian Medical Association has started an online voluntary register of rare blood groups bank, where a list of all rare blood groups was displayed. The IMA said that people with rare blood groups can often be given blood, when needed, only from people with the same blood group and in life-threatening situations, such a website will come handy to save lives. Read More
Pharma Injections
Daily antacid use is linked with heart attack risk June-2015: Taking over-the-counter antacids can increase the risk of heart attack risk by 16-21%, according to a study conducted by an Indian-origin researcher. The study analysed the medical records of 2.9 million patients obtained from two medical databases. The study results were published in the journal PLOS ONE. Read More
Appendicitis can be treated by antibiotics monotherapy June 2015: Based on a large-scale Finnish study, it is now clear that most of the appendicitis patients can be effectively treated with antibiotics alone. Read More
Get information of generic variant of branded drugs in a jiffy MANGALURU, JUNE 2015: The prescription scam unearthed in Delhi a few years back where pharmaceutical companies allegedly paid doctors to prescribe branded drugs vice its generic variant, available at a fraction of the price, started this Bengaluru-based software developer thinking. Read More
AP launches ‘e-Aushadini’ app to manage drug stocks in government hospitals Hyderabad, June, 2015: The Andhra Pradesh government has launched a new online software application called ‘e-Aushadini’ to manage stocks of various drugs in government hospitals and integrate all these hospitals across the state for transparency and accountability. Read More
New drug treats malaria effectively June 2015: A single dose of novel active molecule, DDD1077498 can treat malaria as well prevent and protect malarial transmission, according to a recent study published in the Journal Nature. Read More
Global Injections
FDA Seizes Counterfeit Drugs, Devices Sold Online June 2015 : The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with International partners, moved this week against more than 1,050 websites that sell potentially dangerous counterfeit medicines and medical devices, the agency said Thursday. Read More
Deadline nears on EU logo for online pharmacies June 2015- The deadline for an EU scheme requiring pharmacies selling medicines online to register and display a common logo is fast approaching. From 1 July, all legitimate online pharmacies will have a logo (pictured) as one of a series of measures introduced under the EU Read More

Fake slimming pills, erectile dysfunction tablets, condoms and cancer drugs seized in £51.6 million global crackdown on counterfeit medicines • Global crackdown organised by INTERPOL saw 156 arrests worldwide
• £51.6 million of fake drugs seized across 115 different countries
• In the UK 6.2 million doses of counterfeit medicines seized worth £15.8m
• Operation saw closure of websites selling falsified and unlicensed drugs
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Top 5 Pain Interventions to Avoid June, 2015: In response to a call from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation for recommendations on the most overused interventions, the American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has issued a list of top 5 tests and therapies that are of questionable usefulness in the field of pain medicine. Read More

Drug Dopes
Baxter issues worldwide recall of IV solutions due to visible particulate matter June, 2015: Baxter International Inc. is voluntarily recalling four lots of intravenous (IV) solutions as the products have been found to contain particulate matter identified as cellulosic fibers and/or plastics. The injection of particulate foreign matter may result in both chronic and acute inflammatory and allergic responses that may be life threatening. Read More
Sun Pharma recalls 40,000 bottles of Venlafaxine Hydrochloride in US Sun Pharma's US subsidiary Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories has initiated recall for Venlafaxine Hydrochloride extended-release tablets manufactured in the company's Indian facility. The recall of 26,530 units of 30-count bottles and 14,597 units of 90-count bottles is voluntarily initiated by the company as per the FDA notification. Read More
Intas becomes first global company to launch a biosimilar version of Lucentis Ahmedabad, June, 2015: As the first company globally, Ahmedabad-based pharma major Intas Pharmaceuticals has launched a biosimilar to Lucentis (ranibizumab) which is used to treat degenerative conditions of the eye called Razumab. It would be 25 per cent cheaper than the imported Lucentis. Read More
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Are The Men In Your Life Safe From Counterfeit Drugs?

June 2015: On the eve of Father’s Day, PSM –International has advised to put a quick glance at the National Crime Prevention Association page on counterfeit drugs which highlights that medications for high cholesterol, hypertension, antibiotics, ED, cancer, and HIV/AIDS are the most commonly found to be counterfeited. These medications, along with treatments for hair loss, depression, obesity, & diabetes are also the medications men are most likely to be taking on a regular basis.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is meant by sterilization?
Answer: Sterilization or sterilisation is a term referring to any process that eliminates (removes) or kills all forms of life, including transmissible agents (such as fungi, bacteria, viruses, spore forms, etc.) present in a specified region, such as a surface, a volume of fluid, medication, or in a compound such as biological culture media. Sterilization can be achieved with one or more of the following: heat, chemicals, irradiation, high pressure, and filtration. There are various types of sterilization like dry heat, moist heat, flaming, tyndallisation, membrane filtration, chemical and radiation sterilization. The aim of sterilization is the reduction of initially present microorganisms or other potential pathogens. The degree of sterilization is commonly expressed by multiples of the decimal reduction time, or D-value, denoting the time needed to reduce the initial number to one tenth ( ) of its original value.
Sterilizing medical equipment is of the utmost importance in the medical field to prevent growth and spread of diseases. Thousands of patients die every year or are infected with disease because medical equipment was not properly sterilized. Complications surface in many surgeries due to improper sterilization. Sterile Water for Injection is a sterile, nonpyrogenic preparation of water for injection which contains no bacteriostatic, antimicrobial agent or added buffer and is supplied only in single-dose containers to dilute or dissolve drugs for injection.

Q2. What is meant by pasteurization?
Answer: Pasteurization is a process invented by French scientist Louis Pasteur during the nineteenth century who discovered that heating beer and wine was enough to kill most of the bacteria that caused spoilage, preventing these beverages from turning sour. Today the process of pasteurization is used widely in the dairy and food industries for microbial control and preservation of the food consumed. Pasteurization is not intended to kill all micro-organisms in the food. Instead, it aims to reduce the number of viable pathogens so they are unlikely to cause disease (assuming the pasteurized product is stored as indicated and is consumed before its expiration date). Milk is an excellent medium for microbial growth and when stored at ambient temperature, bacteria and other pathogens soon proliferate. Pasteurization is the reason for milk's extended shelf life. High-temperature, short-time (HTST) pasteurized milk typically has a refrigerated shelf life of two to three weeks, whereas ultra-pasteurized milk can last much longer, sometimes two to three months. Diseases prevented by pasteurization can include tuberculosis, brucellosis, diphtheria, scarlet fever and also kills the harmful bacteria Salmonella, Listeria, Yersinia, Campylobacter, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli .
As pasteurization is a very old and traditional way of preservation, it is well known and accepted by consumers. Nearly every label of milk products contains the word "pasteurization" and it is associated by consumers with good quality attributes and safety.

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Ms. Khusboo Chandaa, Medical Professional blogs Dear PSM India, excellent articles on medicines. Very informative and knowledgeable!
Dr. Varun Kumar Khanna , General Physician conveys PSM-India has gone a long way in helping people in becoming cautious of fake medicine. God Bless you all for doing such a great job !
Mrs. Akhansha Biswas, social activist quotes Its time to gear up with PSM India and become socially and morally upright and feel the consequences of consuming unsafe medicines and stop making such mistakes!
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