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Editor's Emulsion

Pooja Khaitan


One may need to take medicines every day, or only once in a while. Either way, you want to make sure that the medicines are safe and will help you get better. Medicines maintain and restore health by the prevention of treatment of illness in human beings . Then why is it that today most of us are getting critical after popping these pills ?!
Safe drugs can cause unwanted side effects or interactions with food or other medicines one may be taking. They may not be safe during pregnancy too. One can only imagine then to what extent an unsafe drug can harm us !!
To reduce the risk of reactions and make sure that you get better, it is important for you to take your medicines correctly and be careful when giving medicines to children. This issue of the newsletter brings forth an article on the different types of unsafe medicines . Hence it is very important to check your medicines during purchase and before consumption.


Pooja Khaitan
(We welcome your valuable suggestions and news articles. Please feel free to write to me at pooja@safemedicinesindia.in )
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National Injections
List of products declared to be of not of standard quality
MUMBAI : Message from drug inspector, S.N. Kale ….” All pharmacists are requested to withdraw sold stock from the market in the interest of public health. They are also requested to stop sale/distribution of said drugs and send details regarding balance stock and details regarding stock received from the market of the said drugs.”
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
Govt. extends deadline for pharma barcode

NEW DELHI, 2013: The government has extended the deadline for one more year to affix barcodes on primary level packaging by pharmaceutical companies till July 2014. A barcode helps in tracking and tracing of origin of drugs, which in turn helps in minimizing the chances of genuine drugs being considered spurious, sub-standard or counterfeit.

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National Regulatory Authority of India Meets International Standards for Vaccine Regulations: WHO

NEW DELHI, 2013: The National Regulatory Authority of India (NRA) and affiliated institutions meet WHO published indicators for a functional vaccine regulatory system. A WHO-led team of international experts from eight countries came to this conclusion at the end of a comprehensive review from 10-14 December 2012.

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Health Ministry develops training module for community pharmacists under RNTCP

MUMBAI, 2013: In a major thrust to address the growing incidence of tuberculosis (TB) and drug resistant TB in the country, the Ministry of Health in association with the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) recently released a training module for community pharmacists under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP).

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Global Injections
Major spurious drugs haul in US

WASHINGTON, APR, 2013: US enforcement agents working with Pfizer seized $3.6m-worth of counterfeit medicines in a raid on a South Carolina warehouse last month. The operation uncovered counterfeit versions of Pfizer's erectile dysfunction drug Viagra (sildenafil), Eli Lilly's ED product Cialis (tadalafil) and Merck & Co's Proscar (finasteride), which is used to treat symptoms of enlarged prostate.

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Types of unsafe medicines

UNSAFE Medicines are classified as SSFFC ( Substandard/ Spurious/ Falsified/ Falsely labeled/ Counterfeit ) . There is a marked difference between a substandard medicine and the remaining four. Substandard medicines results from poor manufacturing with no intent to deceive while the remaining SFFC medicines are made by people with the intent to mislead.

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