Zika virus: 2.2 billion people in 'at risk' areasApril, 2016 : The Zika virus, which is spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, triggered a global health emergency this year. Last week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the virus causes severe birth defects.
Illinois doctor has medical license suspended over purchase of fake cancer drugs
25th April, 2016: Dr. Ann Kinnealey can no longer practice medicine in Illinois after a hearing by the Illinois State Medical Board determined that she purchased misbranded cancer medication from foreign supplier, Quality Specialty Products (QSP). QSP was a wholesale subsidiary of Canadian Internet Pharmacy giant, Canada Drugs.
How fake drug importer gallant pharma’s D.C. address gave it a veneer of legitimacy
25 April, 2016: Though their medication sold was neither FDA-approved nor legally imported, Gallant Pharma was able to pass itself off as a legitimate pharmaceutical supplier simply by basing their operation in a Washington D. C. suburb, and claiming their drugs were sourced from Canada.
Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is the difference between Prescription and OTC Drugs?
Answer: Prescription medicines are those allopathic medicines which, by law, can be purchased by
Patients/ customers only against a prescription of a qualified doctor (Registered Medical Practitioner- R.M.P.). A pharmacy/medical store is legally not permitted to sell such medicines to patients unless a proper prescription is produced /shown. Such medicines cannot be advertised in public and can be dangerous if not taken as per doctor's advice or taken without being prescribed by a doctor i.e. they should be used carefully.
OTC drugs are those allopathic medicines which, by law, can be purchased by customer without a prescription of a doctor, or can be recommended by the pharmacist. They are assumed to be relatively safe, have a history of safety, and can be used for self-medication.
However, they too can cause side effects and thus also need to be used carefully. They are often advertised to the public. Examples are: Paracetamol, Electrolytes, Vitamins, Antacids, Minerals, Antiseptic creams, Calamine lotion, etc. Though pain-killers do not fall under this category directly, but they are often sold as OTC in smaller doses in pharmacies.
Q2. What does an ideal Prescription contain?
Answer: A prescription is an important legal document. It is an order for medication, issued by a qualified physician, dentist, veterinary doctor, or a licensed medical practitioner, to a patient. The pharmacy honours the prescription by dispensing the medicines written on it to the patient. Generally, prescription designates medicines written on it to the patient and dosages
to be administered to a particular patient at a specified time. Most prescriptions are handwritten by the doctor. However, in today's advanced world, a typed or computer printed prescription may be accepted, provided it is personally dated and signed with his usual signature by the prescriber. Read More>>>