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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: How can I save money without compromising drug safety?
Many consumers are not aware that the prices for medications can differ from pharmacy to pharmacy, city to city, state to state. Take your entire list of medications to local pharmacies to find the best total price at one pharmacy. Using one pharmacy, and developing a relationship with your pharmacist, is the safest way to check for drug interactions, duplications and possible side effects—and get the best value for your money. If you’re 65 years or older, many pharmacies offer a 10 percent senior discount. Be sure to ask about it.

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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.

Report: If you have any concerns about the quality of your drugs, or have confirmed there is a difference in packaging, labeling, or pills, immediately contact the pharmacy where you purchased them. You may also want to contact the FDA and the manufacturer of the medication to report your concerns.

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National Injections
Rs 17-lakh worth illegal cough syrup seized

KOZHIKODE: The drug control department has seized 20,000 bottles of illegally-made cough syrup worth Rs 17 lakh after it was found being sold here among students as a sedative. The medicine 'Cofcare' was seized from a local distributor at Puthiyara on Thursday by a seven-member squad.Officials say the medicine was made by an unlicensed firm in Hyderabad.

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DCA Chhattisgarh seizes cough syrup Phensedyl
CHENNAI: In a recent raid conducted in various parts of the state, the Chhattisgarh drugs control administration has seized 8,79,981 bottles of restricted drug, Phensedyl cough syrup manufactured by Nicholas Piramal, from various shops in Raipur and nearby areas. The seized items would worth about Rs.6.15 crore.
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Global Injections
US FDA Warns Against Use of Contaminated Ultrasound Gel

MARYLAND: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified healthcare professionals and facilities to stop using Other-Sonic Generic Ultrasound Transmission Gel manufactured June 2011 through December 2011 because of concerns about bacterial contamination with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella oxytoca.

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Drug and Law Injections
State will tell Centre to ban ketamine

MUMBAI : The state government will urge the Centre to ban ketamine (a drug used in human and veterinary medicine). "To curb its misuse, the Food and Drug Administration will write to the Centre to ban its manufacturing," Satej Patil, minister of state for FDA, said in the state legislative council on Friday.

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Act to regulate nursing homes soon

PATNA: The health ministry has given its nod to the Bihar Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Act which will go to the cabinet soon for its approval. Once implemented, it would be mandatory for the nursing homes in the state to get registered, failing which they would be fined Rs 5 lakh, said principal secretary, health, Amarjeet Sinha here on Saturday.

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Steering Committee recommends creation of CDA and e-governance to bolster drug regulatory mechanism

NEW DELHI : A steering committee of the Planning Commission, set up to finalise the 12th Plan on health, has recommended a number of measures including creation of Central Drug Authority (CDA), weeding out of irrational Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs), and effective e-governance system to bolster the regulatory mechanism for the drugs.

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Editor’s Emulsion

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Pooja Khaitan
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