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Pooja Khaitan


Greetings on the onset of monsoon!

Monsoon is a refreshing season, as rain brings in the much needed relief from the grueling heat of the summer, but there are certain health hazards that come along with it too. People must be careful about these. Read more on how to take care of your health during the Monsoons in this issue of PSM India Capsule.

A move that must be appreciated! Telangana state government initiates a unique healthcare initiative of supporting free organ transplantation surgeries under Aarogyasri Health Insurance Scheme and providing costly medicines free of cost.


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Monsoon and You!

Monsoon season is nothing short of a blessing in disguise, as it makes the environment cool, providing much needed relief from the scorching heat. Again, even with the cool showers, there are certain health risks that your body may get prone to; such as infection, allergies or indigestion. One must take possible precautions to keep illness at bay. Allergies get worse after showers, which is quite normal. Hence, people with asthma need to be more vigilant during this season of the year because allergens, such as pollens, molds, fungi, and dust act as major illness factors, which can worsen the attack of asthma. It's not just allergies; many people suffer from conjunctivitis during monsoon while others tussle against rashes and itching, mostly, resulting from moist conditions, wet clothes, and other such factors that contribute towards the spread of infections.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
CDSCO releases revised draft guidelines on post marketing surveillance of pharmaceutical productsMumbai, June, 2017: With an aim to resolve ambiguity in implementation of pharmacovigilance programme, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in collaboration with Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC), Ghaziabad has released the much awaited revised draft guidelines on post marketing surveillance of pharmaceutical products in India.Read More
Tackling substandard drugs: Central drug regulator issues draft standard operating procedure New Delhi, June 2017: To remove ambiguities related to quality testing of drug samples across the country, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has decided to take a first step in that direction by issuing a draft “standard operating procedure (SOP) for handling of not of standard quality (NSQ) samples” through a three-tier testing process.Read More
Health ministry issues circular to state drug controllers to get feedback on draft PV guidelinesMumbai, June 2017: To better the prospects of pharmacovigilance practice in the country, Union health ministry has issued a circular to all the state drug controllers to give their feedback on new set of draft guidelines on pharmacovigilance (PV). The recommendations for this were recently received from the stakeholders at the centre and will be released soon after receiving comments from all the state drug controllers of the country. Read More
DoP begins consultations to finalise national pharma policyNew Delhi, June 2017: The department of pharmaceuticals is kicking off the process of finalising the draft national pharmaceutical policy by holding a meeting on June 23 with pharma industry associations. Civil society groups who came to know about the meeting cried foul at what they saw as a deliberate attempt to exclude them from the consultations. However, DoP secretary Jai Priye Prakash responded to a TOI query on the issue saying that there would be a separate meeting in mid-July with such groups before putting the draft policy in the public domain for comments. Read More
IDMA demands rollback of proposal to make annual joint inspection of drug units mandatoryMumbai, June 2017: The Indian Drug Manufacturers' Association (IDMA) has urged Union health ministry to rollback the proposed amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 seeking to introduce mandatory requirement of joint inspections before grant of license and of licensed manufacturers. The proposed move will introduce dual control leading to delay and undue hardship to the applicants and licensees, said the industry body. Read More
Telangana drug control administration to set up monitoring cell to check spurious drugs in stateHyderabad, June, 2017: The Telangana drug control administration is planning to set up an intelligence cell to monitor the sale and supply of spurious drugs in the state. According to sources in the DCA, the decision to set up the intelligence cell has come in the wake of recent drug consultative committee meet held in New Delhi on 9th June, which had suggested the state drug control authorities to set up their own intelligence cells to monitor the growing menace of sales and supply of spurious drugs across the country. Read More
Pharma Injections
Do plastic containers pollute medicines? Government directs ICMR to find outNew Delhi, June 2017: The negative, harmful effects of plastic packaging – be it bottles or packets – has often been emphasised due to its carcinogenic nature. Accumulation of plastic waste too has always been discouraged due to its debilitating impact on the environment and in turn on human health.Read More
Lactating without pregnancy? It may be a sign of infertility!New Delhi, June 2017: IVF experts have sounded a warning for women who show signs of lactation without pregnancy – it may be a sign of infertility.lnutrition-primarily due to lack of Vitamin A, iron, iodine, zinc and folic acid.Read More
India harbours second highest number of obese children in the world; China tops list! New Delhi, June 2017: The fact that obesity is a step toward long term health problems is not unknown. It can negatively affect most of your organs – especially the heart – making you vulnerable to diabetes, joint pains, arthritis, causing difficulties for women during pregnancy – basically, impact your overall health. Read More
85% diabetics see amputations in their lifetime Mumbai, June 2017: At least 85 per cent of diabetics see amputations in their lifetime due to lack of appropriate treatment, data released during a national conference on diabetics here has revealed. Currently 15 per cent of India's diabetic population suffers from ulcers in their lifetime, the conference attended by over 50 eminent surgeons here was told. 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
No provision in DPCO to consider gelatin coating differently for fixing of ceiling prices: DoP Mumbai, June 2017: The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has ruled that there is no provision in DPCO to consider gelatin coating differently for fixing of ceiling prices of drugs. The DoP's ruling in this regard came while examining a grievance by Sanofi India that the price of formulation "Cetirizine 10 mg capsules" should not be considered being soft gelatin capsule and not covered in Schedule I of DPCO, 2013. Read More
Health ministry's surgical strike at Delhi market reveals dark side of medicine hub New Delhi, June 2017: Life-saving medicines and vaccines turn into carriers of death if misused or mishandled. And a raid led by the union health ministry at Delhi's Bhagirath Palace, a wholesale market for drugs and medical equipment, revealed a dark underbelly that puts thousands of lives at risk. Read More
CDRI to introduce its 3 new drugs to PM during his visit LUCKNOW, JUNE 2017: The CSIR-Central Drugs Research Institute (CDRI) will brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi about three new drugs being developed by the Institute on his visit to the campus. Modi is also president of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and this will be his first visit to any of its labs in the country . The institute is also organising an exhibition to highlight CDRI's contribution in the drug discovery and development for PM. Read More
NPPA fixes CP of 1 scheduled formulation and MRP of 4 formulations Mumbai, June 2017: NPPA has fixed/revised ceiling prices/Retail Prices of 1 scheduled formulation of Schedule-I under Drugs (Price Control) Amendment Order, 2016 under DPCO, 2013 and retail prices of 4 formulation under DPCO, 2013. Read More
DRI seizes 1238 vials of banned Ketamine injection Patna, June 2017: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 1238 vials of banned psychotropic drug "Ketamine" injection worth Rs 68.13 lakh in Bihar's Patna district yesterday night, DRI sources said today. Read More
FDA raids Herbalife Health Supplement, seizes stock worth Rs 16.83 lakh Nagpur, June 2017: Keeping mushrooming of nutritional supplement retailers and their dubious activities of dangling weight loss promise in mind, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) raided godown of Gajanan Nagar-based Herbalife International Private Limited and took samples of three health supplements. The FDA has also seized a stock of health supplements worth Rs 16.83 lakh. Read More
National Injections
Telangana government supports free organ transplant surgeries; provides costly medicines free of cost Hyderabad, June 2017: The Telangana state government has embarked on a unique healthcare initiative of supporting free organ transplantation surgeries under Aarogyasri Health Insurance Scheme and at the same time established a special fund to procure costly imported medicines to supply free of cost to the patients undergoing transplantation surgeries. Read More
Aadhaar mandatory for tuberculosis patients seeking benefits under government's TB control scheme New Delhi, June 2017: This news is for patients suffering from tuberculosis. The Union Health Ministry has issued a notification that TB patients should submit their Aadhaar number if they want to avail cash benefits under a central government scheme.Read More
Mizoram launches scheme for better treatment of HIV-hit people Aizawl, June 2017: The Mizoram Health Minister Lal Thanzara today launched the 'Test and Treat Strategy' of the Mizoram state AIDS Control Society (MSACS) to improve treatment for HIV affected people in the state. Read More
5-month-old aborted baby, who was declared 'dead' by Delhi doctors, found alive later New Delhi, June 2017: A five-month-old aborted foetus was found alive after doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi declared it dead and handed it over to the family members in a polythene bag. Read More
2869 cases of quacks in Karnataka, informs Health Minister BENGALURU, JUNE 2017: Elaborating on the quack menace that has been growing in the state, Karnataka Health Minister, Ramesh Kumar informed the Legislative Council that a whooping 2,869 cases of fake doctors had been detected across the state in the recent past. Read More
Dengue claims 11 lives, affects 11,402 in this year's first five months New Delhi, June 2017: A total 11,402 cases of dengue and 11 deaths due to the virus have been reported in the country till May 31 this year with Kerala recording the maximum number of such cases. Kerala with 4,735 cases, which included seven deaths, recorded 41.5 per cent of country's total dengue cases. Read More
Global Injections
Cholera outbreak in Yemen: Toll rises to 1,146, says WHO Sanaa, June 2017: Cholera has claimed over 1,146 lives since April 27 in the war-torn Yemen, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday. Read More
Breastfeeding may cut mother's heart attack risk New York, June 2017: London, June 2017: Breastfeeding may reduce a mother's heart attack and stroke risk later in life, according to new research. Read More

Photosynthesis may help treat heart disease

Boston, June 2017: Stanford scientists have found that using blue-green algae and light to trigger photosynthesis inside the heart could help treat cardiac disease, the top cause of death globally.Read More

Here's why some babies are born too smallWashington DC, June 2017: Why is one twin smaller than the other? According to a recent study, the answer could lie in the placenta.Read More

200 scientists call for new restrictions on antimicrobial chemicals in personal-care productsWashington, June 2017: The Food and Drug Administration took the bold step late last year of banning 19 chemicals in hand and body soap because of questions about their benefits and concerns about their impact on human health and the environment. What many consumers don't know is that these ingredients are still commonly used in other personal-care products.Read More


Canadian Online Pharmacy Retains Canadian License Despite U.S. Allegations Of Selling $78 Million In Fake Drugs To Americans

June, 2017: Online pharmacy Canada Drugs, under indictment for selling millions of dollars worth of fake and misbranded cancer medications to U.S. medical offices, still retains its license to operate from the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba, according to CBC’s Karen Pauls. Despite accusations from U.S. federal prosecutors for allegedly selling $78 million of unapproved, misbranded and counterfeit drugs to US doctors, the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba admits to only observing the extradition court proceedings. The College of Pharmacists warn that “ has two licenses” one through them and another through Health Canada.

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Canada Drugs Indictment: Six Canadians Arrested and Facing Extradition

June 2017: Almost three years after the original grand jury indictment in November 2014, the owner of Canada Drugs and five of his co-conspirators were arrested on June 14 and 15 in Canada under the Extradition Act, reports CBC News. Kristjan Thorkelson, Thomas Haughton, Ronald Sigurdson, Darren Chalus, Troy Nakamura, and James Trueman have been arrested in connection with the distribution of counterfeit cancer medication in the United States. Prosecutors originally made the extradition request in 2015, according to the Billings Gazette.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is the Amoebiasis?
Amoebiasis (pronounced as ami-b-asis) is a germ that mainly leads to diarrhea. It is caused by a parasite called Entamoeba histolytica.
How does Amoebiasis spread?
Amoebiasis usually occurs by consumption of contaminated water or food that contains the cysts of entamoeba. Most often it spreads by house flies and cockroaches.
What are the symptoms of Amoebiasis?
Children with amebiasis present with loose motions with blood and mucus, foul smelling flatus and uneasiness. Chronic infection may lead to weight loss and malnourished children. There is pain in lower abdomen especially on passing a bowel motion. If infection period is long it can involve liver and other body organs also leading to a condition called as amoebic abscess.Read More>>>


Beware of Packed Juices!

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Dr. Madhvi Patel, Physician, Ahmedabad

Today, there is a countless array of packed juices and soft drinks choices available in the market. Still, it is significant to judge what is safe and healthy for you. Always buy pasteurized juices, do check for labels, date of manufacturing and use by date. Read More

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