Bar Code For Exports;      Pharma Unit Found making Spurious Medicines;      Phony pills look original;      Need for amending anti-graft law in the country: Supreme Court;     Regulatory vacuum: Indian regulators are soft, indecisive and disempowered;     New Essential drugs list finalized after eight years;     India's Move to Kill Sub-standard Medicine;     Counterfeit medicines leave two pregnant women dead;    FDA approves Optimer drug for hospital infection;    FDA slaps cancer warning on prostate drugs;    Germany joins in suspension of Takeda's Actos;    

 

 

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Introductory Message from PSM India    Head

National News

Global News

Drug Laws and Policy News

Pharma News

Quote of the day

"Consumer's Health and Safety should always prevail over Profit"

  Introductory Message from PSM India Head
- Mr. Bejon Misra
 
 

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Bar Code for Exports

As per a DGFT notification, barcoding is going to be mandatory on all pharmaceutical products exported out of the country from July 1. rule is expected to enable the exporters to build a track and trace capability for their medicines using barcode technology as per GS 1 global standards. The exporters will have to do this at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of packaging. GS 1 is a global organisation that designs and implement such standards for consumer products.

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Pharma Unit Found making Spurious Medicines

CHANDIGARH: The state drug control department in Haryana on Friday unearthed a racket involving manufacturing of spurious medicines of a Goa-based pharma unit from the premises of Jorker Pharmaceutical Ltd in HSIIDC complex at Rai in Sonipat.

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Phony pills look original

NEW DELHI: When private investigator Pankaj Dutt and police raided a place run by a fake drug syndicate in Patna, a city in eastern India, in July, he and his team found 84 boxes of a fake fertility drug, wrappers, cartons, chemicals and unlabelled ampoules.

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I am happy that the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India team has developed and designed the first Newsletter for the citizens of India and the Global Community to keep them all connected with the activities conducted by the various stakeholders around the world on tackling spurious and sub standard medicines, which is an important consumer’s right issue.

The quality of Drug formulations and its sale through the regulated distribution chain has been a prime concern at National as well as International level. Even after the best of efforts put forward by the various regulatory bodies in every country and a strong partnership between the various stakeholders has not been able to tackle the menace of spurious medicines, which is increasing every year.

This is a consumer right issue as it leads to serious consequences on the health and safety of the consumers (patients). As there is a great amount of mistrust between the consumers and the pharmaceutical companies there is a great need to start an open and transparent dialogue between the interested parties to ensure protection to the consumers from credible manufacturing companies who adopt the best practices in the interest of the consumers.

This connectivity provided by PSM India in my view is a small baby step in that direction to recognize the pharmaceutical companies who are not only working for profit but are ethical in their business practices and willing to enable consumers to take the right choice based on science and modern technology to identify the spurious medicines and only access genuine quality medicines at the most affordable price. According to the various reports circulating around the world, the extent of spurious medicines in Indian retail market is estimated between 25-30%, which is unverified and not established with proper evidence.

PSM India is keen to facilitate in conducting a study which will reflect the actual extent of the problem of spurious medicines and develop strategies by engaging with consumers on how to make India a country with least amount of spurious medicines and not project India as the major producers of spurious medicines in the world, which is unfortunately happening today.

I am confident the efforts put together by the PSM India team shall move forward in a constructive manner and support the regulatory bodies to become more efficient and effective to protect the health and safety of the consumers and encourage the global best practices to prevail in India in the manufacturing practices and distribution chain of medicines in India.

I wish the PSM India team all the best and congratulate them for the excellent work done to protect and educate the consumers in India and also other developing countries. I also take this opportunity to seek support from all the stakeholders to create milestones in eradicating spurious medicines from India. I shall fail in my responsibility if I do not recognize the support PSM India has received from the International Body, which has made it possible for us to start this initiative in India.   

 

Need for amending anti-graft law in the country: Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: Amidst growing demand of the civil society for a strong anti-graft law and confiscation of black money, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sought amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) to root out corruption in the country.

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New Essential drugs list finalized after eight years

NEW DELHI: India has finalized the country's all new National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM). It has 348 essential medicines, while the 2003 list had 354.

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India's Move to Kill Sub-standard Medicine

The Union ministries of commerce and health in India have set themselves an identical goal of putting in place a system whereby every package of medicine can be monitored under a system of tracing and tracking, preferably using two dimensional bar-coding technology.

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Counterfeit medicines leave two pregnant women dead

ISLAMABAD: Two expected mothers lost their lives while delivering their babies over consumption of counterfeit medicines at PIMS hospital in Islamabad on Friday.

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FDA approves Optimer drug for hospital infection

 

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antibiotic to treat an intestinal infection that afflicts more than 700,000 U.S. patients each year and can sometimes prove fatal.

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Germany joins in suspension of Takeda's Actos

Germany became the second European country to suspend sales of Takeda Pharmaceuticals' Actos drug, the company's top seller. Just after France announced that it would block sales of Actos because of research suggesting an association between long-term use and bladder cancer, Germany joined in.

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