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Bejan Misra"Only switch medications under the supervision of a doctor or pharmacist” --Mr. Bejon Misra (Founder, PSM India)
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Q: I know what medicine my healthcare provider will prescribe, why do I still need a prescription to buy it ?
A: Our laws require that certain drugs can only be dispensed with a valid prescription because they are not safe for use without the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider. Before a healthcare provider issues a prescription for a drug the patient has never taken before, he or she must first examine the patient to determine the appropriate treatment. Pharmacies or websites that don't ask for a prescription, bypass this critical in-person evaluation and deny consumers the protection provided by a licensed healthcare provider.
Unfortunately, patients have died from drugs they purchased from online sellers without a valid prescription.


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Due to the persuasive demand of our readers , PSM INDIA launches its half yearly hardcopy issue of “THE PRESCRIPTION...your guide to safe medicines.”For your complimentary copy , kindly email your detailed mailing address to pooja@consumerconexion.org
medicine saftey rules
This section will help you judge whether your medications are safe and will provide tips on what to do if you think a drug has been compromised.

EVALUATE :Reflect on how your body has reacted over the course of the treatment. Do you feel that you are benefiting from the medication? Is your condition improving, stabilizing, or are you reverting back to ill health?

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National Injections
10 Lakh violated bottles Coughed up in Gujarat

AHMEDABAD: Stocks of over 10 lakh cough and cold syrup bottles worth about Rupees four crore made by some of the well-known companies have been sealed by drug officials in Gujarat at the level of stockists after being found to contain codine, a derivative of opium, a top GFDCA official said today.

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Training workshop organized by PSM India and PSI at Mumbai
The Training WORKSHOP to build the capacity within the Law Enforcement agencies kick started in Mumbai on 13th March 2012, at 10am. It aimed at fostering greater awareness of spurious Pharmaceuticals support mechanisms and public and private partnerships. Yet another workshop would be conducted in Chennai on 16th March 2012.
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Branded drugs: Doctor in spot for prescription
JAIPUR: A government doctor was suspended in Bikaner on Friday for allegedly prescribing branded medicine to the patients and also forcing the patients to purchase the medicines from drug shops outside the hospital.
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Global Injections
Tablet without prescription lands its taker in hospital

ISLAMABAD : Shuja Ahmed (not his real name) spoke cautiously as he lay in the cardiac unit of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), an ECG monitor beeping behind him at intervals. “I just took Viagra to improve my performance at night,” the 62-year-old said meekly.

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Spain, UK raids seize 300,000 doses of fake drugs
SPAIN /LONDON : Police have seized almost 3,00,000 doses of spurious anti-impotence and weight-loss medicines, highlighting the prevalence of fake drugs in the south-eastern Spanish city of Murcia, the UK and Cyprus, in the operation co-ordinated by Europol. in this region.
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Pharma Injections
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics worsens symptoms of muscle disorder

Health Canada is warning that a class of antibiotic drugs can worsen the symptoms of myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder marked by muscle weakness.

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Drug and Law Injections
Indiscriminate use of Antibiotics to be checked by Government

NEW DELHI: With indiscriminate use of antibiotics leading to cases of microbial resistance and consequent health hazards, government today said it proposed to amend the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules soon to put a check on this practice.

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India says drugs with authentication tech can have price premium

The government of India has amended its pricing policy for essential medicines to allow products bearing an authentication technology developed by Bilcare to carry premium pricing.

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Editor’s Emulsion

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