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PSM India 1st November Newsletter
Dose of the day

“The primary duty of the state is to take up the issues of health and raise the health standard of its citizens.”
FDA commissioner, Maharashtra

News Archive
Editor's Emulsion

Pooja Khaitan


The Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India Initiative strives to address the spurious medicine problem through education and providing constituents with tools to protect citizens of India.
We keep you updated on all the latest alerts and developments in our country and around the world, on your safety and health, through PSM NEWZ, our fortnightly newsletter.
The PSM India Initiative firmly believes that Health and Safety of the Patients should always prevail over profit!

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

Be Safe ; Be Aware !
Best wishes ,

Pooja Khaitan
Chief Editor ,
Partnership for Safe Medicines India.


Our Distinguished and Honorable PSM India BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, IAS (retd.)
Former Secretary to the Govt. of India

Dr.Pervez Ahmed,
Chairman and Managing Director,
Aapka Urgicare Pvt. Ltd.

National Injections
Don't go to quacks, AIIMS docs tell arthritis patients
NEW DELHI, Oct 2013: Giving examples of numerous cases of arthritis patients opting for help from quacks and then coming to AIIMS with worsened condition, doctors at the hospital urged patients to seek treatment from recognised rheumatologists.
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9 arrested with Rs.10-crore drugs
LUDHIANA, Oct 2013: In one of the biggest recoveries from the city, police recovered synthetic drugs worth more than Rs 10 crore and arrested nine people. The contraband was recovered from a pharmaceutical factory in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh. Police also recovered synthetic drugs worth more than Rs 7 crore from Ludhiana on September 19. These were owned by the same accused.

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FDA officials book 4 quacks for misleading ads, selling drugs without license
MUMBAI, Oct 2013: With the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) massive crackdown on doctors selling medicines illegally over the past few months, four bogus medicos have recently been booked at Ratnagiri under the relevant sections of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, Drugs & Magic Remedies Act 1954 and Maharashtra Medical Practitioner Act, 1961 for exhibiting objectionable advertisement regarding treatment of impotence along with selling and stocking of drugs without a license.
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After drug haul, three Karnal pharma units sealed
KARNAL, Oct 2013: Following the alleged seizure of 180 kg of banned narcotics by the Punjab Police's from here last week, the food and drug administration (FDA) department, Haryana, has sealed three suspected pharmaceutical units.

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Neethi warehouses in Kerala under intense scrutiny
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Oct 2013: In the wake of alleged siphoning off drugs worth lakhs of rupees from a Neethi warehouse in Kollam, the Drugs Control Department has intensified monitoring on all the warehouses across the state and initiated probe into the anomalies if any at these warehouses.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
Barcode procedures for pharma companies simplified

NEW DELHI, Oct 2013: In a move to simplify barcode procedures for pharmaceutical companies, the government has decided to treat mono cartons containing medicines also as primary level packaging.

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US FDA issues draft norms on patient advice info on labels of prescription drugs including biologicals

BENGALURU, Oct 2013: US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance on 'Patient Counseling Information Section of Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products' related to the content and format. The information is crucial for patients to use the drug safely effectively. In this regard, the regulatory authority is awaiting the pharma industry to comment before the October 31.

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Global Injections
Switzerland Seizes More Than 1 Million Fake ‘Xanax’ in Airport

ZURICH, Oct 2013: Swiss authorities seized more than 1 million fake Xanax, an anti-anxiety pills made and distributed by Pfizer Inc., at the Zurich airport. The move is part of the authority’s strengthened operations to crackdown on the life-threatening fake medicines.

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Internet Pharmacy Operator Gets Jail Time

WASHINGTON, Oct 2013: A Florida man has been sentenced to prison for his role in importing cancer drugs manufactured overseas and then illegally selling them to doctors in the U.S.—and two doctors who bought the deeply discounted medicines have been held accountable as well.

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Pharma Injections
Enhancing collaboration focus of INTERPOL training on pharmaceutical crime

GHAZIABAD, Oct 2013: Encouraging greater international cooperation in the fight against pharmaceutical crime was the focus of INTERPOL’s first training course on this type of crime held in India. The three-day event (8-10 October), organized by INTERPOL’s Medical Product Counterfeiting and Pharmaceutical Crime (MPCPC) Sub-directorate and the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), brought together some 35 participants from police and drug control agencies across India to increase collaboration and enhance the abilities of the region to more effectively combat all forms of pharmaceutical crime including fake and illicit medicines.

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The below mentioned drugs have been declared as NOT OF STANDARD QUALITY by the Government Analyst of other states.

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