The Prescription: 1st June 2016 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan

Greetings and welcome to yet another edition of our newsletter.

The presence of harmful chemicals in cosmetic products that are rather well known is highlighted in this issue under PSM India capsules. It's a matter of great concern and shame on how every moment we are cheated or compromised of good health by manufacturers of these dangerous products across India. Consumers are ultimate sufferers who not only gets monetarily thrashed, but are deprived of proper health results. PSM India works to find out such malpractices in our country and condemn this act. Hope our government soon takes action against them and bans these hazardous fake products from the market in the interest of consumers. Read More>>>

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“The Union health ministry will now need to bring in Good Storage Practices (GSP) as a dedicated guidance which is the most critical component in pharma supply chain management. There is need for accountability in storage of drugs going by the variation in temperature in the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Jaipur to Imphal’

Dr BR Jagashetty,
Former National Advisor (Drugs Control) to Union Health Ministry

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PSM INDIA moving towards Access of quality healthcare for all

We conducted the 2nd Universal Health Camp on 14th May,2016 under the aegis of Patient Safety and Access Initiative of India Foundation and Mata Anandmayee Hospital in Varanasi. The camp to register citizens for the Medical Card was held at the premises of Diamond Hotel, Varanasi. The said camp was held from 11:30am till 4:00pm with doctors from Mata Anandmayee Hospital, Shivala, Varanasi. Along with the doctors, there were three attendants to help register the patients and two attendants to help distribute free medicine to patients at the camp itself. Additionally, the owners and management of the hotel distributed tea and heavy snacks to the doctor and all the attendants that were present during the entire health camp. We extend our gratitude to them for the same.

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Doctors warn presence of deadly chemicals in Cosmetics

The desire to get fairer flawless skin like favourite personalities can damage the skin and overall health of a person as most of them contain harmful chemicals as claimed by eminent Indian Doctors. Most of the beauty products available in India contain toxic heavy metals that can cause deadly diseases including cancer.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Government implements polio immune strategy despite IPV shortage in IndiaMumbai, May 2016: Government has started giving fractional doses of injectable polio vaccine (IPV) which is 1/5th of the full IPV dose via the intradermal route in high performing states of the country to overcome the demand supply gap of IPV vaccine due to its current shortage. These high performing states are Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Orissa, Maharashtra and Puducherry. Read More
Karnataka DC to act tough against pharmacy outlets & cos engaged in wrong disposal of expired drugs Bengaluru, May, 2016: The Karnataka Drugs Control Department is all set to increase surveillance and take action against pharmacy outlets and the pharma manufacturers engaged in wrong disposal practices of date expired/discarded drugs. According to Bhagoji T Khanapure, Additional Drugs Controller, Karnataka Drugs Control Department, the current practice is that chemists and druggists are returning the date expired/discarded drugs to the wholesalers who in turn are returning the same to the respective manufacturers through C&F (clearing & forwarding) agents.Read More
Good Pharmacovigilance Practices growing scenario in IndiaMay 2016: Pharmacovigilance programme started in India with the formation of a National Pharmacovigilance Advisory Committee in 2004 under the chairmanship of the then Director General of Health Services with the intention of building a comprehensive ADR data bank for drugs marketed in the country. The progress of the countrywide collection of ADR data has been rather slow in the initial years of the programme with inadequate number of monitoring centres. However, after Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission took over as the National Coordination Centre for the programme in 2010 the ADR data collection improved somewhat better. Read More
Pharma Injections
How cancer becomes drug-resistantNew York, May 2016: A team of researchers, including an Indian-American scientist, has found that the major reason why cancer drugs fail is that they cannot penetrate the high-pressure environment of solid tumours. The findings revealed that hyaluronic acid -- a large, naturally occurring molecule -- is primarily responsible for generating elevated gel-fluid pressures in tumours. Read More
King George Hospital adopts new initiatives to mitigate infant mortality rate in Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad, May 2016: The King George Government Hospital (KGH) in Visakhapatnam is planning to set up an innovative ‘Mother’s milk Bank Centre’ with an aim to mitigate the infant mortality rate in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Read More
Modified microalgae converts sunlight into cheap drugs May, 2016: A team of scientists has genetically to produce valuable chemicals to be used in drugs for deadly diseases like cancer by harnessing energy from the sun. According to researchers, the method basically allows sunlight being transformed into everything ranging from or bioplastics to valuable flavour and fragrance compounds. Read More
Spurt in gastro, stomach infections before monsoon May, 2016: There were 457 cases of gastroenteritis, 58 cases of hepatitis (A&E) and 61 cases of typhoid so far in May. An average of 800 gastro cases have been reported every month since January this year. Hepatitis even claimed one life in March. Typhoid contributed to over 60 hospitalizations in May alone. Read More
Drug Dopes
List of New Drug Approved from 01-01-2016 to 20.05.2016 by CDSCO for public updation on website List of New Drug Approved from 01-01-2016 to 20.05.2016 by CDSCO for public updation on website Read More
Sanofi recalls some batches of painkiller Combiflam in India Mumbai,May 2016: Sanofi is recalling some batches of its painkiller Combiflam in India after the country's drugs regulator found the lots were substandard, the French drug maker’s local unit reported. Read More
FDA warns of skin reaction with Olanzapine 2016: The FDA has warned of a rare but serious skin reaction that can be progressive with the antipsychotic drug olanzapine and related products. Read More
Dr Reddy's recalls 50k bottles of Ondansetron tabs in US New Delhi, May 2016: Drug firm Dr Reddy's Laboratories is recalling over 50,000 bottles of Ondansetron tablets made at the company's Bachupally plant in India, on account of failed impurities/ degradation specifications. Read More
New device rapidly detects deadly bacteria in water Toronto, May 2016: Researchers, including one of Indian origin, have developed a device that can dramatically reduce the time and cost required for detecting the deadly E. coli bacteria in drinking water. Read More
Allergan introduces online portal to educate people about irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea Dublin,Ireland, May 2016: Allergan plc, a global pharmaceutical company, has launched, an online resource for those living with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea (IBS-D). IBS-D, which affects approximately 15 million adults in the US, is a functional bowel disorder commonly characterized by chronic abdominal pain and frequent diarrhoea. Read More
National Injections
Gujarat leads in non-standard, spurious drug cases AHMEDABAD, MAY 2016: The state which is known for leading Pharma companies is facing worst situation across the country with regard to the cases of using non-standard quality and spurious drugs. Read More
Diluted blood supplied to patients at blood bank in Hyderabad Hyderabad, May 2016: Koti Maternity Hospital blood bank in Hyderabad is being served notices for involving in supplying of diluted blood to the patients. The incident of diluted blood being supplied from the government blood bank came into light after a relative of the patient lodged a complaint with the police, after the paramedical staff rejected the blood packets as infected and diluted. Read More
Life Expectancy increased by 5 Years Since 2000, but health inequalities persist May, 2016: Dramatic gains in life expectancy have been made globally since 2000, but major inequalities persist within and among countries, according to this year’s “World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs”. Read More
Maharashtra FDA detects cases of professional misconduct during surprise checks at drug retail stores Mumbai, May 2016: The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detected cases of professional misconduct like absence of pharmacists and not furnishing proper billing details during surprise inspections at retail drug stores over the past one month. Cases have also been detected where unqualified people have sold Schedule H drugs to the patients. Read More
Global Injections
Counterfeit cancer drug found in supply chain May 2016: Generic drug maker Heritage Pharma has warned that counterfeit copies of its BiCNU cancer drug are circulating in the market. Read More
Ali Health promises revamped medicine-tracking system May 2016: Undeterred by China's decision to abandon its medicine tracking platform, Alibaba subsidiary Ali Health has developed a new version of the software. Read More

Too many advanced Cancer patients lack info about their diseaseMay, 2016: Many patients battling advanced cancer lack basic information about their prognosis or treatment, meaning they can't make informed decisions about their care, a small new study suggests.Read More

WHO calls on countries to prepare as Zika virus expected to spread in Europe in late spring and summerMay, 2016: A new WHO report assesses the risk of a Zika virus disease outbreak occurring during late spring and summer in the European Region. While the overall risk is low to moderate, countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present are more likely to experience a Zika virus outbreak.Read More


Ice shuts down 67 fake online pharmacy websites for selling counterfeit drugs

Website visitors now see a seizure banner displaying in place of the fake drug advertisements
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that 67 different domain names for commercial websites “engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit and prescription drugs” have had seizure orders executed against them by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to the DOJ, visitors to these fake online pharmacies will find instead a banner web page stating that the site has been seized by the Federal Government for violations of Federal smuggling and trademark misuse.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What does heat stroke means?
Answer: Heat stroke, also known as sun stroke, is a severe heat illness, defined as hyperthermia with a body temperature greater than 40.6 °C (105.1 °F) because of environmental heat exposure with lack of thermoregulation. This is distinct from a fever, where there is a physiological increase in the temperature set point of the body. Before a heat stroke occurs people show signs of heat exhaustion such as dizziness, mental confusion, headaches, and weakness. Read More>>>

Q2. What is angina pectoris?
Answer: Angina, or angina pectoris, is the medical term used to describe the temporary chest discomfort that occurs when the heart is not getting enough blood. Angina pectoris is a clinical syndrome of precordial discomfort or pressure due to transient myocardial ischemia without infarction. Angina pectoris occurs when cardiac workload and resultant myocardial O2 demand exceed the ability of coronary arteries to supply an adequate amount of oxygenated blood, as can occur when the arteries are narrowed. because myocardial O2 demand is determined mainly by heart rate, systolic wall tension, and contractility, narrowing of a coronary artery typically results in angina that occurs during exertion and is relieved by rest. Read More>>>


Disposal of unused medicines, a trivial issue, but a matter of concern

Article contributed by our subscriber, Shri Maniprasad
Shri Maniprasad has been in Delhi for 45 years. While in service, he was closely associated with different Societies and Associations. He has always been of a helping nature, especially in guiding the subordinates to be better in work and in life. After a long tenure in man management, general administration and in event management, he is presently working as Consultant, Business Development, Career & Training Development and Event Management.(]

There are varied reasons for having unused medicine in any house….patient cured; new doctor advised different set of medicines, patient moved to another city, leaving medicines at old place, so old ones purchased kept aside or unfortunate death of patient. These medicines should not fall into the hands of those who are not to have them, especially children. Even elders, in case of need, without seeing the expiry date may consume the medicine and get into complications. So such unused medicines are to be disposed off. Accidental exposure to these medicines could be harmful or sometimes deadly, if they are used by someone other than the person the medicine was prescribed for. Read More

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