The Prescription: 1st November Issue
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Pooja Khaitan

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Welcome to the current edition; there’s lot to read, understand and get updated and informed !

Spurious and unsafe medicines, a growing worldwide criminal trend that endangers patients’ life. The internet is the biggest unregulated market in the world – and a place where you can easily become the victim of dishonest online pharmacies. According to WHO, in over 50% of cases, medicines purchased over the Internet from illegal sites that conceal their physical address have been found to be spurious. Therefore, treating yourself with medicines is a responsible act, beware of fake drugs!!

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PSM INDIA deeply saddened on the demise of our Our Patron and Mentor, Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury

Prof Ranjit Roy Chaudhury was a Patron and Mentor for PSM India. He was a leading medical researcher, a specialist in medical teaching and a health planner for our country. He had served as Dean at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and in senior positions in the World Health Organization.

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World Polio Day is observed on 24th October each year with the importance of ending polio. The Memorial Day was established by Rotary International in 1985 to honour the birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a polio vaccine. A public health effort to eliminate all cases of poliomyelitis (polio) infection around the world, begun in 1988 and was led by World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the Rotary Foundation. India had an impressive achievement over the deadly polio-viral disease in 2011 with utter commitment, robust oversight, technological innovations, strategies adopted and implemented by Government of India.

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National Injections
Huge haul of expired Respifed tablets in Chennai Chennai, October 2015: The State Drug Control Authority seized a huge cache of expired tablets from a godown in Vadapalani on Monday. The officials confiscated about 250 cardboard boxes of Respifed manufactured by Cipla. Each of the boxes contained 54 cartons of 200 tablets each. Read More
Pharmacists cannot open clinics to diagnose disease & prescribe medicine; clarifies PCI Mumbai, Oct 2015: Clearing the doubts on whether pharmacists can open pharma clinics to treat common disease and prescribe medicine or not, Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) has recently notified that the pharmacists cannot open clinics to diagnose the disease and prescribe the medicines.Read More
75% of Indians suffer vitamin deficiencyMore than seven out of ten Indians lack in vitamins, and most of them suffer from vitamin D deficiency that is linked to Alzheimer's disease, prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction and schizophrenia. Chennai-based Metropolis Healthcare studied 14,96,683 samples over three years and found an increasing trend of deficiency in vitamin D, vitamin B12 and vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) among all age groups of Indians. Read More
Online pharmacy retailers unite to form Indian Internet Pharmacy AssociationBengaluru, October 2015: The online pharmacy retailers in the country have formed an association, the Indian Internet Pharmacy Association (IIPA), to promote and protect the public health by ensuring that its members operate in accordance with the existing Drugs & Cosmetics Rules read with Sections 4 & 5 of Information Technology Act, 2008, and Pharmacy Practice Regulations, 2015 issued by government of India through PCI. Read More
Study reveals poor affordability of common drugs for heart diseasesOctober, 2015: According to the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study published in the October 21 issue of The Lancet, almost 60% of Indian households cannot afford the four common medicines that can prevent heart attacks most of the time putting them at risk. Read More
Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Health ministry permits transfer of blood between blood banksMumbai, October 2015: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has identified two major initiatives towards better utilisation of blood and blood components, as part of its commitment to ensure safe blood and enhanced access to blood products, on the recommendation of the National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC). Read More
mHealth Generation: An era of bringing healthcare to smartphones and ensuring its successful implementation October, 2015: Delegates from almost 60 National Medical Associations attended the annual General Assembly of the WMA in Moscow, which was held from 14th to 17th October. Read More
Press Note released by Government of India on Dengue October 2015: Dengue is viral disease, transmitted by bites of female adult Aedes mosquitoes. This mosquito breeds in containers like cement tanks, overhead tanks, underground tanks, tyres, desert coolers, pitchers, discarded containers, junk materials, potholes, rooftop, window parapet, ornamental fountain, lucky bamboo pot, money plant bottle etc., in which water stagnates for more than a week. These containers are usually found in and around houses. Read More
Telengana government to bring new rules to ensure presence of doctors in public hospitals Hyderabad, October, 2015: The Telangana State government is expected to bring in new reforms to regulate government doctors in the state. These reforms are aimed at stopping the government doctors from practicing in private clinics and improving healthcare facilities in the government hospitals in the state. As a step to improve healthcare in the Government hospitals, the state government wants to put a check to the increased absenteeism by the doctors in the first place. Read More
Pharma Injections
Winning the Swine Flu Battle – H1N1 vaccine and its importance October, 2015: Swine flu cases continue to be recorded from different parts of the country. Given this situation, basic prevention measures become essential. Read More
Researchers led by Indian-origin scientist develop blood test to detect heart attack risk October 2015: Researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, have developed a new high-sensitivity blood test that could quickly identify patients at high risk of heart attack. Read More
TIFR scientists come up with potential malaria vaccine October, 2015: The TIFR team from Colaba identified a group of proteins present on the malaria-spreading plasmodium parasite, and combined their finding with some cutting-edge genetic and nanoparticle research, to produce antibodies in mice to ward off a malarial infection. The work is in early laboratory stage and may take years to reach human trials. Read More
Global Injections

Ilnesses, Deaths Spur FDA Warning on Hepatitis C DrugsOctober 2015: Reports of deaths and illnesses occurring soon after use are prompting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue warnings on two drugs used to fight the hepatitis C virus.Read More

Drug Dopes
HICARE launches mosquito control service to keep you Dengue Free New Delhi, October, 2015: Dengue is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquito bites. It is quite impossible to distinguish which type of mosquito is responsible for spreading of dengue. Read More
FDA Okays first novel oral anticoagulant reversal agent The FDA has approved the first reversal agent for a novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC) -- this one for dabigatran. Idarucizumab, which works by binding to dabigatran in the blood when given via intravenous injection, will be indicated for emergency situations prompting the need to reverse the drug's blood-thinning effects, the FDA said in a press release. The FDA warned that reversing the effects of dabigatran exposes patients to the risk of blood clots and stroke from their underlying disease, and the product's labeling recommends that patients get back on their anticoagulant as soon as their healthcare provider determines that it's medically appropriate to do so.
US FDA approves treatment for pancreatic cancer Irinotecan liposome injection, administered in combination with fluorouracil (5FU) and leucovorin (LV), is beneficial for the treatment of patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas whose disease has progressed following gemcitabine-based therapy Read More
Allergan launches refresh optive gel drops to relieve dry eye symptoms Allergan plc, a leading global pharmaceutical company, announced the launch of the over-the-counter artificial tear Refresh Optive gel drops, a new aqueous gel expertly designed for patients to relieve their dry eye symptoms. New Refresh Optive Gel Drops are formulated with Glycerin and a unique blend of the active ingredient CMC which binds to the eye surface to provide long-lasting relief from dry eye discomfort. Read More
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FDA Moves to Destroy Counterfeit & Misbranded Medications Shipped Into the U.S.

A change to current laws allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to destroy misbranded medications blocked from entering the United States. Prior to this, the FDA was forced to return such drugs to the shipper.

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Saint Louis Doctor Sentenced For Illegally Importing Non-FDA Approved Medications, Defrauding Patients

A Missouri doctor was sentenced for misbranded drugs charges and his Patterson Medical Clinic was sentenced for false statements charges on September 2nd, 2015 related to the purchases of non-FDA approved osteoporosis treatments. Both the doctor and his clinic face 3 years’ probation.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is meant by bad and good cholesterol?
Answer: Cholesterol is a lipid molecule biosynthesized by all animal cells and is an essential structural component of all animal (not plant or bacterial) cell membranes required to maintain both membrane structural integrity and fluidity. It plays a vital role in how every cell works and is also needed to make Vitamin D, some hormones and bile for digestion. However, too much cholesterol in the blood can increase risk of getting heart and circulatory diseases. Cholesterol can't dissolve in the blood. It must be transported through the bloodstream by carriers called lipoproteins. Read More>>>

Q2. What PUFA means?
Answer: Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are a family of lipids including some subgroups identified by the position of the last double bond in their structure. PUFA belongs to (omega) Ω -6 and (omega) Ω-3 families. Ω-3 family include alpha linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), while Ω-6 family include linoleic acid (LA) and arachidonic acid (AA). PUFA is important because they contain essential fatty acids that are required for body functioning but are not synthesized inside the body and therefore needs to get supplied from outside sources. Various types of oil contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Read More>>>

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