The Prescription: 1st September 2017 Issue
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Patient Safety and Access Initiative of India Foundation, Mata Anandamayee Hospital and Banaras Hindu University sign an Agreement to work with 100 villages on sustainable development in Varanasi. The collaboration on sustainable development enhances the healthcare system in the region and offers improved healthcare facilities to the people residing in the region. Read the complete article in this issue under PSM-India capsule.


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Patient Safety and Access Initiative of India Foundation & Mata Anandamayee Hospital Sign an Agreement with Banaras Hindu University to work with 100 Villages on Sustainable Development

On August 8, 2017, Patient Safety and Access Initiative of India Foundation (PSAIIF), along with Mata Anandamayee Hospital signed an agreement with the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi to work with 100 villages on sustainable development. The agreement will strengthen the relationship between Patient Safety and Access Initiative of India Foundation and Banaras Hindu University. The collaboration on sustainable development further enhances the healthcare system in the region and offers improved healthcare infrastructure to the people residing in the region.

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Drug Laws & Policy Injections
Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance demands streamlining of approval of new drugs, biosimilars & revamping of CDSCOMumbai, August , 2017: Close on the heels of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's announcement to amend Drugs and Cosmetics Rules in Budget 2017-18 to make drugs affordable, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance has sought streamlining the process of new drug approval, transparent and clear regulatory process for biosimilar approval and revamping CDSCO structure and organisation to serve patients' interest at par with developed markets.Read More
Maharashtra government set to introduce Mental Healthcare Act soon Mumbai, August, 2017: The Maharashtra government is set to implement the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 replacing the Mental Health Act, 1987 in the state soon to provide persons with mental illness with better treatment and improve their access to health services. A government resolution on the implementation of the Act will soon be issued. The draft text, prepared by Mental Health Cell in this regard, has been sent to Directorate of Health Services (DHS) for consideration which will subsequently be sent to the government for approval. The draft contains provisions of fund allocation, strengthening infrastructure facility at mental hospitals and district hospitals, rehabilitation of patients and increasing number of psychiatrists and qualified staff to facilitate implementation of the Act, said sources in DHS.Read More
Draft pharma policy to contribute to furthering ease of doing business and Make in India programmesMumbai, August, 2017: The draft Pharmaceutical Policy proposed by the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), if accepted, would significantly contribute to furthering Prime Minister's key initiatives-- ease of doing business in the pharmaceutical sector and Make in India programme. For ensuring accessibility and affordability of drugs, ease of doing business and more coordinated synergies, all the regulators/commissions pertaining to pharmaceutical industries/sector will be brought within the ambit of one department. Read More
ICMR, Ministry of Health sign pact with S Korea's IVI for vaccineMumbai, August 2017: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Union Ministry of Health today inked a pact with the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), South Korea to collaborate on vaccine research and development. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Director General of ICMR and Secretary, Department of Health Research, Manoj Jhalani, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Dr Jerome H Kim, Director General of IVI. Read More
BDC and DA seeks clarification from NPPA to reimburse excise duty collected by manufacturers and marketersBengaluru, August 2017: The Bangalore District Chemists & Druggists Association (BDC&DA) has now called for a clarification regarding the excise duty in the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) 2013. In this regard it has communicated to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to provide more clarity on the same. Read More
Pharma Injections
High dose of vitamin C may halt blood cancer progressionNew Delhi, August 2017: A study claims that high doses of vitamin C can possibly stop the progression of lethal blood cancer. Vitamin C encourages faulty stem cells in the bone marrow to die, claims the study. Certain genetic changes are known to reduce the ability of an enzyme called TET2 to encourage stem cells to become mature blood cells, which eventually die, in many patients with certain kinds of leukaemia, researchers said.Read More
Indian-origin researcher identifies potential treatment for breast cancerNew Delhi, August 2017: Breast cancer is the top cancer victimising women in the developed as well as in the developing world. Unfortunately, low and middle-income countries are at a higher risk of breast cancer due to lack of timely diagnosis. Breast cancer treatment depends on the stage of cancer. Traditional therapies normally consist of chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy and surgery.Read More
Indian doctors remove football-sized tumour from Russian patient New Delhi, August 2017: A team of Indian doctors has successfully removed a football-sized tumour weighing 3.2 kg that was gradually growing in the chest cavity of a 39-year-old Russian patient. The team from Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital in Vasant Kunj, led by Dr Sabyasachi Bal, removed the 'Pleural' tumour that occupied a substantial amount of space around Emil Abdullaev's right lung. 'Pleural' tumours are found in the pleural space -- the cavity between the lungs and chest wall that contains lubricating pleural fluid. 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
Karnataka drugs control dept seizes 62 not-of-standard quality drugs during surprise inspection drive in JulyBengaluru, August 2017: The Karnataka drugs control department has seized a total of 62 not-of-standard quality drugs. The inspections were carried out in July. The drugs were analysed at the state drug test labs which indicated lesser content of active ingredients, failing in disintegration and dissolution tests. Read More
Dr Reddy's out-licenses steroid DFD-06 to Encore Dermatology New Delhi, August 2017: Drug major Dr Reddy's Laboratories on Tuesday said it has out-licensed the future development, manufacturing and commercialisation rights of its topical high potency steroid DFD-06 to Encore Dermatology. Read More
Lucknow: Cheaper medicines, stents at KGMU after Amrit Pharmacy launch LUCKNOW, August 2017: If you were weary of big medical bills where a knee replacement would cost you somewhere between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakhs, King George's Medical University (KGMU) would now be at rescue with affordable prices under Amrit (Affordable medicine and reliable implant) pharmacy. Inaugurated at KGMU on Monday, at the pharmacy, the said implants would now be available for just between Rs 54,000 to Rs 76,000, to not just all coming in with a valid doctor's prescription. Read More
NPPA caps prices of knee implants New Delhi, Aug 2017: After cardiac stents, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has capped the prices of orthopaedic knee implants. Read More
National Injections
Chhattisgarh CM orders probe after three children die in Raipur hospital due to lack of oxygen supply Raipur, August 2017: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Monday ordered a probe into the death of three children in Raipur's Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital due to lack of oxygen supply. Read More
Swine flu spurts in Delhi: 1,066 cases last month New Delhi, August 2017: Swine flu has surged sharply in the capital with 1,066 cases being confirmed in the last one month, which is more than four times the number reported during the rest of this year.Read More
Maha FDA upgrades manpower, lab infra following centre's sanction of ₹ 138 cr Mumbai, 22 Aug 2017: As part of manpower upgradation and lab infrastructure exercise in the state, Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently filled six joint commissioner posts out of the seven in the state and is in the process of upgrading labs. Read More
Bombay HC aids man suffering from rare genetic disorder Nagpur, August 2017: The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has rushed to aid a 26-year old man suffering from a rare genetic disorder by directing the government and BSNL to pay for his treatment requiring over Rs 2 crore per annum, his lawyer said on Saturday. Read More
50 tumours removed from Arunachal woman’s uterus Guwahati, August 2017: octors in Arunachal Pradesh have removed 50 uterine tumours from a woman who had been advised to go for hysterectomy – removal of the uterus. The operation was conducted on August 15 at the charity Ramakrishna Mission Hospital in the state capital Itanagar. Read More
Doctor's attempt to inject hospital superintendent with HIV+ blood over personal grudge foiled New Delhi, August 2017: In a bizarre incident that unfolded at a hospital in Andhra Pradesh, a doctor lunged at the hospital superintendent in a fit of rage and tried to inject him with a syringe that held HIV+ blood. Read More
Global Injections
2,000 dead, over 530,000 suspected cholera cases in Yemen: WHO Sanaa, August 2017: The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported on Monday that the number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen exceeded 530,000 and the death toll stood at 2,000 since the outbreak started in April. Read More
Breast milk may fight bacterial infections in babies NEW YORK, August 2017: Breast milk has protective sugars that could provide a one-two punch against deadly bacterial infections in babies, according to a study which may lead to new antimicrobial drugs. Read More

Statins may help fight typhoid, malaria

Washington, August 2017: Statins, used to lower the risk of heart attack or stroke, may also provide protection against a host of infectious diseases, including typhoid fever, chlamydia and malaria, a study claims.Read More

Mammography from 40 may reduce breast cancer deaths by 40 percent New York, August 2017: Starting annual screening for breast cancer from age 40 may help reduce deaths due to the disease by nearly 40 per cent, researchers say.Read More

New method to track HIV infection developedWASHINGTON, August 2017: Scientists have developed a new way to track HIV infection that can identify how individual particles infect each cell, and lead to novel therapies for prevention and treatment of the disease.Read More


Former Director Of The U.S. FDA’s Office Of Criminal Investigations Warns Against Allowing Drug Importation

August, 2017: This editorial by George Karavetsos was published in The Fayette Tribune on August 3, 2017. George M. Karavetsos formerly served as the director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations and as the assistant U.S. attorney and executive assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida.

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Fake Pills Containing Fentanyl Kill Two In PA. Seller Sentenced To 18 Years

August, 2017: As reported by Lehigh Valley News, Brianna Burns, a 24-year-old Bucks County, PA woman will spend up to 18 years in jail for selling counterfeit pills containing synthetic opioids that ended up killing two people. The fake pills looked like Percocet but contained fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl. Justin Eschenburg, 30, and William Grzyminski, 26, both died in their homes after ingesting the pills.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q1. What is Cardiac Amyloidosis?
Cardiac amyloidosis is a disorder caused by deposits of an abnormal protein (amyloid) in the heart tissue, which make it hard for the heart to work properly.
Alternative Names: Amyloidosis - cardiac; Primary cardiac amyloidosis - AL type; Secondary cardiac amyloidosis - AA type; Stiff heart syndrome; Senile amyloidosis
Causes: Amyloidosis refers to a family of diseases in which there is a buildup of clumps of proteins called amyloids in body tissues and organs. These proteins slowly replace normal tissue, leading to failure of the involved organ. There are many forms of amyloidosis.Read More>>>


Generics vs Brands

Article contributed by one of our Subscriber: Shri Rajiv Gulati, Teacher,Mentor and Consultant Pharma Distribution chain. Independent director of couple of companies.

Branding enables marketer to charge Premium. Brands create loyalty, there is an imagery in mind … and provide tangible and intangible advantages over unbranded products. Everything, including food grains, automobiles, phones, computers, clothes – are branded. However, the key element to remember is that paying a premium for a Brand, is voluntary and a pleasurable exercise. The other key element is that the Payer is the Decider. Read More

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