The Prescription: 1st November 2017 Issue
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Pooja Khaitan


Welcome to yet another edition of our newsletter.

A team of researchers and professors from Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata in collaboration with Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, claim to have developed a low-cost malaria detection system with 90 percent accuracy just in 10 seconds, which can also diagnose dengue with some modifications. Read more on this in PSM-India Capsule to know how this testing system works.

According to the United Nation report, "Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017", India is among the five countries - Pakistan, Nigeria, Congo and Ethiopia being the others - responsible for half of all newborn deaths in the world. India accounts for the maximum percent of these new-born deaths followed by Pakistan. PSM-India requests the government to improve their effort in bringing down the child mortality rate. Read more such happenings from around the nation under National Injections.


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PSM India Capsules

Detection of Malaria is Now Made Easy!

Bacterial diseases like Malaria and Dengue are very contagious in nature, thus it is important to take precautions. The bacterial infection escalates very rapidly; hence, getting proper diagnosis and treatment in due time becomes crucial. Currently, the regular medical test takes a couple of hours. However, a group of researchers and professors from the Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata and the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur have developed a testing kit to diagnose malaria/ dengue in seconds. The testing kit helps diagnose dengue with few modifications..

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
SC Begins Debate On Govt Plea To Uphold Ban On 344 FDC DrugsNEW DELHI, OCT 2017: The Supreme Court on Tuesday began debating a Central government plea to uphold a ban on the sale of 344 popular fixed-dose combination drugs, which was overturned by the Delhi High Court. The government halted the sale of drugs such as Corex, Phensedyl, Saridon, D’cold, Benadryl and Vicks Action 500 by a notification dated March 10, 2016.Read More
Weekly OPDs to provide special health care for prison inmates Pune, October 2017: Team of doctors from medical colleges, district hospitals to arrange 3-hour visits starting Nov 1. The director of health services (DHS) and the director of medical education and research (DMER) will be coming together to provide specialised medical care to inmates of prisons across the state. According to recent orders issued by the DHS, a team of specialised doctors from medical colleges and district hospitals will arrange a three-hour OPD in their respective district prisons from November 1 this year.Read More
Andhra Pradesh government doctors want retirement age increased to 65 yrsAMARAVATI, October 2017: Doctors at the government hospitals in the state are gearing up for an agitation with a demand for increasing their retirement age to 65 years. Government doctors with MBBS qualification, who have been requesting the government to increase the age limit on par with post-graduate doctors, are now demanding increase in retirement age as the government has given approval for increasing the retirement age of Central government doctors working in AYUSH and railway hospitals across the nation. Read More
Maharashtra FDA to conduct training programmes for community pharmacists towards GPPMumbai, October, 2017: With greater emphasis on self compliance towards ensuring patient safety, Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will roll out training programmes for all the 80, 000 drug licensees in the state in the coming months to help them adopt good pharmaceutical practices (GPP). Read More
IMA opposes presence of doctor during hangingAurangabad, October, 2017: The place in jail where a convict sentenced to death is hanged is not for doctors because it is against medical ethics, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said. In a statement issued to the press on Saturday, association president K K Aggarwal has cited the resolution of World Medical Association (WMA) on physicians’ participation in capital punishment. Read More
Pharma Injections
Drug Firms Move PMO Against Bid To Replace Gelatin CapsulesNew Delhi, OCT, 2017: Indian drug makers have sought the intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) against a recently floated government proposal to replace the widely used animal parts-based gelatin capsules with those derived from cellulose. Currently, 98% of the Indian pharmaceutical industry uses animal parts-based capsules and the government has been pitching for ‘vegetarian capsules’ for the past two years.Read More
Government Imposes Restrictions On Stem Cell Banking, Therapy To CurbNEW DELHI, OCT, 2017: The government's latest guidelines on stem cell research has imposed restrictions on stem cell banking and therapeutic use in a move to check "rampant" unethical practices in this field and safeguard patients receiving such treatments. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can renew themselves, rapidly multiply and differentiate themselves into different functional cells. Treatments arising from biomedical research in this area, still an emerging field, are expected to be promising for a variety of disease areas like diabetes, cancer, cardiology, neurology and arthritis.Read More
Indian tourism industry holds potential to grow on the back of low cost healthcare facilities: Study New Delhi, October 2017: Indian travel and tourism industry has a potential to grow by 2.5 per cent on the back of higher budgetary allocation and low cost healthcare facility, says a report. The industry has tremendous potential to rise by 2.5 per cent provided the budgetary allocation was enhanced from the current 0.09 per cent of the total allocation to at least 0.15 per cent in 2018-19, the joint study conducted by Assocham and Yes Bank said. Read More
Set up system to give medical assistance in trains New Delhi, October, 2017: The Supreme Court has made it mandatory for the railways to keep oxygen cylinders in all trains to ensure that the life saving gas could be provided to travellers suffering from respiratory problems in cases of emergency. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also directed the railways to take assistance of doctors from AIIMS to explore ways to put in place a system in moving trains to provide medical treatment to travellers if they take ill. Read More
Government has approached three international labs to test nilavembu: Health secy Dharmapuri/Salem, October 2017: Refuting media reports that ‘nilavembu kudineer’ may induce infertility, Tamil Nadu health secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan on Thursday said that the state government had approached three international labs to test the Siddha medicine. Read More
Drug Dopes
Updated LIST OF NEW DRUGS APPROVED FROM 01-01-2016 TILL DATE BY NEW DRUGS DIVISION, CDSCO, FDA Bhawan, New Delhi List of New Drug Approved by FDA Read More
Popular Antacid Samples Fail Quality Tests, Company Claims They Were CounterfeitsNEW DELHI, OCTOBER 2017: India's apex drug regulator has flagged Indian drug major Sun Pharma’s popular medicine brands ‘Pantocid’ and ‘Pantocid DSR’ for failing quality tests last month. At the same time, the firm claims the samples of these brands that were tested by the regulator were fake imitations of its products. Read More
No change in essential drugs ceiling price calculation: GovernmentNew Delhi, Oct 2017: The government today said it is not considering any changes in the methodology for calculating ceiling prices of scheduled medicines although it is working to bring a new method to decide prices of new drugs to avoid delays in launching them in the market. Read More
Dr Reddy's Laboratories drug fails tests, recalled Hyderabad, October 2017: Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has decided to voluntarily recall over half a million (five lakh) Famotidine tablets bottles from the US market after the drug failed the country’s drug administrator’s quality requirements. Read More
AstraZeneca Pharma India gets DCGI nod to market diabetes drug New Delhi, October 2017: Drug firm AstraZeneca Pharma has received marketing authorisation from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for Xigduo XR tablets used in treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes in India. Read More
Hyderabad Doctors Prescribe Banned Cancer Drug HYDERABAD, OCT 2017: A cancer drug is being sold illegally in the city by private and government hospitals despite a ban by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). In spite of safety concerns, Osimertinib tablets are easily available online too. An investigation by TOI shows that local distributors have been procuring tablets under various brand names from importers and manufacturers in other countries, including Bangladesh. Osimertinib is taken orally by cancer patients, mostly those suffering from lung cancer. Read More
One Arrested With High Quantities Of Phensedyl In Malda Malda, Oct 2017: One man was arrested by the Englishbazaar police with high quantities of phensedyl cough syrup after the latter embraced the guise of potential buyers and tricked him. Read More
National Injections
Telangana: Fake Pharma Firm Busted, Rs 5 Crore Goods Seized Hyderabad, Oct 2017: The special operations team of Rachakonda busted a fake pharma manufacturing unit in Chaitanyapuri and seized huge quantities of drugs. Read More
India, Pak, Nigeria, Congo, Ethiopia responsible for 50 percent newborn deaths: UN New York, October 2017: India is among the five countries — Pakistan, Nigeria, Congo and Ethiopia being the others — responsible for half of all newborn deaths in the world, according to a UN report. The report, "Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017", revealed that 5.6 million children died before reaching the age of five in 2016.Read More
Kolkata: Drug-resistant malaria adds to city dengue sting KOLKATA, October 2017: As the city battles a fresh outbreak of dengue, treatment of malaria has been hit by a growing resistance to chloroquine, the primary drug against the vector-borne disease. Read More
Pune woman denied payout for failed sterilization MUMBAI, October 2017: The Pune district consumer forum has rejected a woman's complaint seeking compensation from the civic body for a failed sterilisation procedure, saying government hospitals are not covered under the Consumer Protection Act and also noted there was no medical negligence. Read More
Munger: Body on hospital bed for 20 hrs MUNGER, October 2017: A patient’s body kept lying uncared on a bed in the emergency ward of Munger sadar hospital for almost 20 hours from Thursday night to Friday afternoon due to delay in the arrival of police. Read More
Organs harvested from suicide victim Coimbatore, October 2017: Liver, kidneys, heart, lungs and eyes of a 30-year-old woman, who passed away while undergoing treatment after a suicide attempt, were harvested at the PSG Hospital on Friday. The organs were donated to hospitals in Chennai and Coimbatore. Read More
Maharashtra government to totally fund phone-an-ambulance service MUMBAI, OCTOBER 2017: The Maharashtra government has decided to fully fund the phone-an-ambulance service across Maharashtra, a government resolution (GR) issued today said. Read More
Global Injections
Experimental vaccine may bring down deaths due to pneumonia New York, October 2017: An experimental vaccine that targets dozens of strains of the bacterium that causes pneumonia has the potential to significantly bring down the number of deaths due to the disease, a new study says. Read More
Obese women more susceptible to breast cancer risk, says study Washington DC, October 2017: A new study revealed how obesity can contribute to promote breast cancer in women.Obesity leads to the release of cytokines into the bloodstream, which impacts the metabolism of breast cancer cells, making them more aggressive as a result. Read More

Madagascar faces plague epidemic, almost 100 killed

Geneva, October 2017: A plague epidemic has killed more than 94 people on the island of Madagascar and could spread further, the World Health Organization said on Friday.Read More

Bowel disease threat looms over developing countries

Toronto, October 2017: With increased industrialisation, countries in the developing nations will have to grapple with rising cases of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), scientists have warned.Read More


Senate HELP Asks Do We Want To Bypass The FDA Gold-Standard Of Drug Approvals With Importation?

October 2017: On October 17, 2017, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions invited representatives from PhRMA, the American Pharmacists Association, the Association for Accessible Medicines, the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, and the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association to testify and inform the Senate on what they see as rising pharmaceutical drug costs.

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Royal Mounted Police Announce Seizure Of 40,000 Fake Fentanyl Pills

October 2017: According to Global News, Royal Mounted Canadian Police in British Columbia (BC) announced drug trafficking charges against two Vancouver-area residents in connection with a massive shipment of drugs seized at the Port of Vancouver and in an apartment in Richmond. According to the BC’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), 132 kilograms (291 pounds) of cocaine and 40,000 fentanyl pills were seized.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is osteoporosis?
"Osteoporosis" literally means "porous bones." The bones become weaker, increasing the risk of fractures, especially in the hip, spinal vertebrae, and wrist. Bone tissue is constantly being renewed, and new bone replaces old, damaged bone. In this way, the body maintains bone density and the integrity of its crystals and structure. Bone density peaks when a person is in their late 20s. After the age of around 35 years, bone starts to become weaker. As we age, bone breaks down faster than it builds. If this happens excessively, osteoporosis results..Read More>>>


Never Ignore - Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Dr. Sima Sinha, Dermatologist, Kolkata

Our body makes antibodies (autoimmune system) to fight against the infectious agents, bacteria and foreign microbes. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is the state when these autoantibodies formed in the blood begin to attack healthy tissues and organs of the body instead of foreign infectious agents. Read More

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