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The Partnership for Safe Medicines India is a group of organizations and individuals that have policies, procedures, or programs to protect consumers from spurious or contraband medicines. For more information, please visit www.safemedicinesindia.in
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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: Why are spurious drugs dangerous?
A: Not only do spurious drugs defraud consumers, they deny patients the therapies that can alleviate suffering and save lives—and in too many cases, fake drugs cause great harm and fatalities. They can cause allergic reactions, heavy metal poisoning, as well as promote drug resistance strains of diseases. These fake drugs may consist of anything from chalk, powdered concrete, and boric acid (or worse) and are sold as if they were real drugs. Because counterfeiters are very good at making their product look like the real thing, it is easy to confuse these harmful products with the real thing.

AN AWARE CONSUMER IS A PROTECTED CONSUMER


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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.

FEEL: Take note of the prescription drug’s taste and any associated feelings once you take it. Is there anything unusual in your body’s reaction compared to previous experiences, such as a stomach ache or headache?

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12 Worst Medical Technology Dangers (This article has been contributed by our reader , Mr.S. Krishnan , Mayur Vihar, Delhi )

Technology provides benefits to patients, but it also brings significant risks that can threaten patient safety. The ECRI Institute of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, an independent nonprofit organization that studies improvements to patient care, has named the Top Health Technology Hazards for 2012. (We also include 2 hazards from the prior year.)

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National Injections
16.3 lakh cans of RED BULL seized

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seized 16.3 lakh cans of the energy drink Red Bull worth Rs6.40 crore from two premises in Thane on Wednesday. A similar raid at a Vikroli

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APDCA unearth expired medicines worth Rs.65,000 from corporate hospital pharmacies
HYDERABAD: The drug control administration in Andhra Pradesh has raided four premises of a corporate hospital in Hyderabad and found expired, sub-standard drugs worth Rs.65000, stored illegally in unauthorized premises.
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Global Injections
Approx. 3000 people die each day from consuming fake meds

“Be careful what you buy -- and where” is the message to consumers and travelers from experts who met at a forum on the subject in Bangkok recently, not far from street vendors peddling fake sex pills near one of the city's red-light areas.

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Drug-resistant malaria may spread, India warned
LONDON: A new research has warned that drug-resistant malaria parasites on the border of Thailand and Myanmar may spread to India and then to Africa, where most deaths from malaria occur.
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Pharma Injections
Low Levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Cause Memory Problems

A diet lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients commonly found in fish, may cause your brain to age faster and lose some of its memory and thinking abilities, according to a study published in the February 28, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Omega-3 fatty acids include the nutrients called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

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Drug and Law Injections
Task force submits recommendation on track & trace system to Centre

MUMBAI : The task force, set up by the Union health ministry to identify software for drug manufacturing and tracking system, has submitted its final report to the Government for its approval. The task force has given suggestions and views on which technology to be adopted to implement the much anticipated track and trace system and also on the modus operandi to implement the same throughout the country.

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Govt Proposes Schedule H1 in Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945

NEW DELHI: With indiscriminate use of antibiotics leading to cases of microbial resistance and consequent health hazards, government has proposed to amend the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules soon to put a check on this practice. The MOH & FW, Central Govt vide GSR 228 (E) dated 20.3.2012 notified draft Rules under powers conferred by Section 12 & Section 33 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

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Editor’s Emulsion

"Call PSM India toll free helpline 1800-11-4424, to bring cases of spurious drugs or overcharging of drugs to the notice of the authorities"

Send in your news contribution and valuable feedback to THE EDITOR at
pooja@safemedicinesindia.in

Pooja Khaitan
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