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PSM India 1st September Newsletter
News Archive
Editor's Emulsion

Pooja Khaitan


On 23rd August 2013 a National Training Workshop on “Secured Medicines & Robust Pharmacovigilance - Key to Patient Safety & Health” was Organised by Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India Initiative and Grahak Shakti in technical Collaboration with the National Coordination Centre (PvPl) – Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission at Vikas Soudha, Bengaluru. It was attended by Three Hon'ble Ministers of Karnataka Government, Principal Secretary Health, Government of Karnataka, Drug Controller General India, Drug Controller of Karnataka, leading consumer organisations of Southern India, Medical Practitioners, Public & Private Hospitals, Pharmacists and several leading experts to develop a strategy on how to engage with all the stakeholders to empower the consumers to improve access to quality and save medicines.
The event was a huge success and various propositions were discussed to safeguard the Indian Consumer against spurious medicines .
PSM India initiative has earnestly endeavored in bringing about a positive change and will continue to create awareness in eradicating this menace !!

Be Safe ; Be Aware !
Best wishes ,

Pooja Khaitan
Chief Editor ,
Partnership for Safe Medicines India.


Drive against spurious medicines being stepped up
August 23rd ,2013
Bangalore: Global public health organisation Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) is stepping up its drive against spurious medicines by training healthcare professionals, patients, consumer groups and stakeholders across the country. "We have evaluated the programme launched in 2010 to protect patients from spurious medicines and identified challenges in ensuring a secured drug distribution system across the country," PSM India Initiative founder Bejon Misra said at a national training workshop here Saturday. The programme has also raised awareness and has become a model for other countries working to ensure safe medicines.


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National Injections
Crackdown on sale of banned painkiller drug
PUNE, Aug 2013: There is rampant sale of the banned painkiller dextropropoxyphehne (DXP) in Pune and elsewhere in the state. The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officials, in a two-week operation, have nabbed a drug consignee agent and a pharma company's depot manager in Pune. Together, they had sold capsules containing the drug worth over Rs 60 lakh in Pune, the rest of Maharashtra and Goa, officials said.
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Drug worth Rs 1cr. seized from two men at airport
CHENNAI, AUG 2013: Two people were arrested on Thursday while trying to smuggle pseudoephedrine, a medication used to treat colds which can be combined with other components to make party drug methamphetamine, at Chennai airport.

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Drugs department seizes fake bills from Neethi Warehouse
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, AUG 2013: The Drugs Control Department in the state unearthed fake bills for medicines worth lakhs of rupees from the Neethi warehouse in Kollam, which adds to the suspicion that drugs were allegedly being siphoned off from Consumer Neethi warehouses.
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Gujarat FDCA cracks down on sale of ayurvedic drugs with allopathic content
AHMEDABAD, AUG 2013: The Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) have issued a stop production and show cause notice to Surat based Amrutam Lifecare and Navsari based Dhanvantri Pharmaceuticals for selling multiple ayurvedic drugs with allopathic content like metformin in it to patients in the US through an online portal.
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Drug Law and Policy Injections
50 more adverse drug reaction-monitoring centers planned

BANGALORE, Aug 2013: To improve patient safety and reduce the risk associated with the use of medicines, the Union Health Ministry is all set to increase the number of adverse drug reaction (ADR) monitoring centers in medical colleges in the country from 100 to 150.

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Drug packs to display adverse reaction details

BANGALORE, Aug, 2013 : Drug packs will soon bear ‘rectangular box warning’ labels with details of adverse drug reaction (ADR), the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), Dr G N Singh, has said. A stringent regulation to this effect will be introduced in three to six months.;speaking on the sidelines at the national training workshop on ‘Secured medicines and robust pharmacovigilance-Key to patient safety and health’ here on Friday, Dr.Singh declared.

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Government to bring in amendment to regulate medical devices soon

MUMBAI, Aug 2013: The government has decided to regulate medical devices, even as it plans to roll out free diagnostic services at public health centers soon.

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Antibiotic Policy

NEW DELHI, Aug 2013 (PIB): The Government has already framed a comprehensive policy, namely, the National Policy for Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance, to address the problem of multi-drug resistance due to widespread and indiscriminate use of antimicrobial / antibiotic drugs in the country.

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Global Injections
Falsified Medicines Directive Enforced in the UK

LONDON, Aug 2013: The Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) has finally been transposed into UK legislation. The FMD came into force on 20 August 2013. “It is now time for pharmaceutical manufacturers to walk the talk,” said Craig Stobie, global life sciences sector manager at Domino Printing Sciences.

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Thai police seize methamphetamine pills worth $6m

BANGKOK, Aug 2013: Police in Thailand say they have seized methamphetamine pills worth almost $6m (4.5m euros, £3.8m) thought to be en route to the capital Bangkok.
The haul of nearly one million pills was discovered at a checkpoint in northern Chiang Mai province in the Golden Triangle region.Packs of the drug, also known as crystal meth, were hidden in the roof of a pick-up truck.

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Pharma Injections
Ban on Anti-Diabetic Drug

NEW DELHI, Aug 2013 (PIB): The Government had suspended the manufacture for sale, sale and distribution of the drug Pioglitazone and formulations containing Pioglitazone for human use vide Gazette Notification GSR 379 (E) dated 18-06-2013 as certain reports, published in medical journals raised the issue of safety concerns on continued use of the drug.

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Karnataka HC quashes Health Ministry's notification banning anti-depressant drug Deanxit

MUMBAI, Aug 2013: The Karnataka High Court has quashed the union health ministry's notification dated June 16, 2013 in which the ministry had suspended the manufacture for sale, sale and distribution of anti-depressant drug ‘deanxit’, a fixed dose combination of ‘melitracen’ and ‘flupenthixol’.

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Global Injections

“Human rights aren’t just about violence and terrorism. Unsafe drugs too fall into the category. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has described the manufacture, distribution and sale of unsafe drugs and medical devices as a violation of human rights.”

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