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PSM India 1st June Newsletter
News Archive
Editor's Emulsion

I take this opportunity in congratulating Shri.Narendra Modi ji and the BJP team for their landslide victory in the general elections of 2014. With new hopes and new aspirations our country moves towards growth and good health. As Shri Narendra Modi ji took oath as PM , I too took an oath along with him….an oath to work towards India’s good health, an oath towards progress , an oath towards a Glorifying Golden and SAFE India.
It is the need of the hour to strengthen the drug regulatory system in India. We are confident the present government shall work towards safeguarding the Indian citizens’ health and India shall be free of fake and substandard medicines someday. We assure our full support to the new government and I sincerely urge the citizens of India to do their bit in making India a safe and healthy country.

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.
Please visit our website www.safemedicinesindia.in if you wish to learn about us .
To register a complaint kindly visit our consumer redressal website www.consumerconexion.org

Happy Reading !
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy !

Pooja Khaitan
Chief Editor ,
Partnership for Safe Medicines India.

Dose of the day

“The need of technology transfer as a means to empower developing countries, the important role of generic medicines, need for appropriate international policy space to facilitate equitable access to affordable, quality, safe medicines, vaccines and advanced medical technologies for combating various diseases and the value and importance of traditional medicine and need of experience and knowledge-sharing for securing public health needs are the key areas that need to be focused”.

Shri C.K. Mishra, Additional Secretary (Health), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India


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National Injections
Steroids worth Rs 2 lakh seized, accused booked
MANGALORE, May 2014: The local drug controller has seized steroids worth Rs 2 lakh from a house in Attavar on Wednesday. The accused Santosh Shetty had stocked the steroids and was selling it to body builders without licence. Assistant Drug Controller KV Nagaraj said that based on a tip-off, the raid was carried by drug inspector Ashalatha.
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Maharashtra FDA cancels licenses of 5452 retailers, suspends 3178 for violation of D&C Act
MUMBAI, May 2014: The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has canceled licenses of 5452 retail pharmacies and suspended licenses of another 3178 retailers across the state in the year 2013-14 for violation of Drugs and Cosmetics Act like dispensing medicines without prescription and without proper bill. During the year, the FDA had conducted inspections on 48086 retail stores in the state.

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APDCA cracks whip on pharmacies violating DPCO Order in Hyderabad
HYDERABAD, May 2014: The Andhra Pradesh Drug Control Administration (APDCA) has cracked whip on medical stores which are found violating the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) in Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts in the state. In its second drive carried out in a week’s time, the DCA authorities have inspected about 300 medical shops in Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts and seized licenses of 10 medical shops in Abids and surrounding areas for selling habit forming and addicting drugs without having prescriptions from the doctors.
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CDSCO, US FDA meet regulatory officials & stakeholders in Gujarat to strengthen drug regulatory system
AHMEDABAD, May 2014: In a move to further strengthen the drug regulatory system of the country and to ensure better understanding of the regulatory requirements of the US FDA, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) along with the US FDA had a high level training and interactive meeting in Gujarat recently.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
DHR launches scheme to strengthen research in partnership with government agencies, NGOs & industry

MUMBAI, May 2014: In order to strengthen research effort in which the partnership of different government agencies, NGOs and industry is required, the department of health research (DHR) has launched a scheme 'Grant-in-aid Scheme for Inter-Sectoral Convergence & Coordination for Promotion and Guidance on Health Research’ during the 12th Plan period.

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Health ministry to amend D&C Rules to assign NIB as apex national lab for more products

NEW DELHI, May 2014: The Union health ministry is amending the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules to make the National Institute of Biologicals (NIB), based in Noida here, as the apex national laboratory for several products like blood products and diagnostic kits with a view to ensure high level quality for these products in the market.

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HRC censures Kerala government for not implementing section 42 of Pharmacy Act in the state

CHENNAI, May 2014: Expressing dissatisfaction over the laxity shown by the state government in undertaking measures to implement section 42 of the Pharmacy Act in the state, the Kerala State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) has lambasted the government and the state pharmacy council for not implementing the Act despite orders from the commission last year. The commission in its order last year had directed the government to appoint adequate number of qualified pharmacists in all the pharmacies in the government hospitals and check the private pharmacies are following the rules in this regard.

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Global Injections
Nationwide recall of common anaesthesia drug after patients fall ill

NEW DELHI, May, 2014: The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued a nationwide recall of commonly used anaesthetic, Propofol after three hospital patients in South Australia contracted a life threatening blood infection. The two batches of propofol manufactured by Claris Life sciences are recalled due to potential contamination with the bacteria Ralstonia pickettii.

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One held with 1 kg Yarsagumba

KATHMANDU, MAY 2014: Police have arrested a man with 1 kg of Yarsagumba (Ophiocordyceps Sinensis) from Babarmahal in the Capital on Tuesday.

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EU Warning: Herceptin Vials Have Been Tampered With

LONDON, April 2014: The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a warning that a batch of vials containing trastuzumab (Herceptin, Roche) has been stolen, tampered with, and reintroduced into the supply chain. Trastuzumab is a targeted agent, administered by infusion in the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer.

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Pharma Injections
HCG Announces New Standard-of-care for Cancer Treatment in India

BANGALORE, May 2014:
• HCG partners with Strand Life Sciences to integrate genomics as a 'standard of care' in cancer treatment and risk prediction
• Cancer treatment adapted for Indian genomic variations
• Affordable tests that improve precision treatment decisions and clinical outcomes in cancer care

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Experts push for PPP model to develop new molecules to address menace of neglected disease

MUMBAI, May 2014: Rising incidence of neglected diseases in the country, intensified with lack of availability of new drugs in the market, has prompted healthcare experts to urge the government to come out with a definite Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. This comes in the wake of understanding that there have been very few research and development (R&D) initiatives taken by the pharma companies to cater to these disease profiles, lately.

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Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, Chairman, Partnership for Safe Medicines India Initiative along with other leading consumer organisations launched the First Time PORTAL on Safe Drinking Water at the India International Centre, New Delhi on 15th May 2014. Several Government Ministries and BIS officials participated at the event. This PORTAL helps you the get your drinking water tested at a nominal cost and FIRST 100 respondents will get it FREE. Hurry! Visit www.waterconsumer.org or call our 24X7 Toll Free Helpline Number 1800-11-4424 to know more about the initiative.

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