Thursday, September 23, 2010

AC in Pharmacy and Pharmacy Store

The All Medical Superintendents,
Of ESIC Hospitals / Dir(Med) Delhi & Noida,
All SSMCs / SMCs.

Sub:- Regarding temperature maintained in Pharmacy /Pharmacy st9re.

Sir I Madam,

As per Drugs and Cosmetic Act-1948, storage area for medicines should have proper ventilation and should be free from dampness. In schedule P of Drug & cosmetics Act, which deals with life period of drugs, the conditions of storage are as follows»
1. Antibiotics/injections/syrups/vitamins should be stored in a cool place having temperature between 10-25 deg. C.
2. Sera toxins and toxoid, other vaccines, anti-toxins should be stored in cold place i.e. a place having a temperature not exceeding 8 deg. C.
3. Capsules should be kept in a closed container at temperature not exceeding so deg. C.
4. where conditions of storage is not specified, it may be stored under normal room temperature.
Keeping in view the above provisions in drug & cosmetic Act, 1948, it has been decided that to maintain the above temperature the Air Conditioner may be provided in the Pharmacy I Pharmacy stores (where the medicines are stored).

It is therefore, requested to take necessary action.

This issues with the approval of the Medical Commissioner.
Yours Faithfully,
Jt. Director (M.A.)
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IPGA demands wholesale license to be issued only to registered pharmacists

The Indian Pharmacy Graduates Association (IPGA) has put up a demand with the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to amend the relevant provisions in the Drugs & Cosmetics Act and the Rules thereunder to mandate that only qualified registered pharmacists should be eligible for getting wholesale licence of pharmaceuticals.

At present, under the Rule 64 of the D&C Rules, 1945, the eligibility condition for issuance of wholesale licence for drugs is that a competent person, who is a registered pharmacists or who has passed the matriculation examination or its equivalent with four years experience in dealing with drugs or who holds a degree of a recognised University with one year’s experience in dealing with drugs should be in charge of the premises.

The Association argues that this leaves a quality gap in the drug distribution chain, as the competency of person involved in manufacturing is mandated to people completed science or pharmacy education and the retail licences are issued only to qualified pharmacists.

The rule was made long back, in 1945, when there were less pharmacy professionals but the scenario has changed now with more than 10,000 students completing pharmacy courses every year from almost 750 pharmacy colleges for graduation and more than 250 colleges for post graduate pharmacy courses at present, says Atul Kumar Nasa, president, IPGA.

“Since any lacuna in handling of medicines at wholesale stores can adversely affect the delivery of medicines, the D&C Act is required to be amended on urgent basis so that at all levels medicines are handled by qualified registered pharmacists only. We have raised the issue with the DCGI. The DCGI has assured that the issue will be taken up for discussion in the next DCC (Drug Consultative Committee) meeting,” said Nasa.
Similarly, the rules under the D&C Act specifying the qualification of professionals in manufacturing sites should also be amended giving due prominence to the qualified pharmacists. Pharmacists, who have completed diploma, degree or post graduate courses in pharmacy, are technically the eligible persons to handle drugs, he added.

The All India Drug Control Officers’ Confederation (AIDCOC), the organisation of drug control officers in the country, has also moved the demand to the DCGI, said Nasa, who is also the vice-president with the AIDCOC.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Centrel Government employees - Revised rates effective from 1-7-2010

No. 1(6)/2010-E-II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi,the 22nd September,2010
Subject:   Payment of Dearness Allowance to Centrel Government employees - Revised rates effective from 1-7-2010.

      The undersigned is directed to refer to this ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1(3)/2009-E-II(B) dated 26th March.2010 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the president is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to central government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 35% to 45% with effect from 1st July 2010.

2 .     The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Office Memorandum No.1(3)/2008 29th August,2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders

3.     The additional instalment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash ro all Central Government employees.

4.    These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates.In regard to Armed Forces Personnel and railway employees separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5.     In so far the persons serving in the Indian Audit an Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditot General of India.
(Anil Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

DIPSAR finds 5 Ayurveda products sold in India mixed with sildenafil or tadalafil

Officials in the Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research (DIPSAR) have confirmed that five ayurvedic formulations currently marketed in the country by various manufacturing companies are adulterated and mixed with sildenafil or tadalafil (phosphodiesterase) including Musli Power Xtra of Kerala. These five formulations, now available in the market, are combinations of allopathic and ayurvedic contents.
This was disclosed to Pharmabiz by the officials of DIPSAR in an email interview. According to sources, the institute has conducted investigations on 15 marketed preparations and of these, five were found to contain either sildenafil or tadalafil.

The products are ‘Supersonic’, manufactured by Renovison Exports Pvt. Ltd Federal, A&K Road, Patna , ‘Titanic K2’, manufactured by Sun Laboratories (P) Ltd. ORAI, UP, ‘Sikander e Azam’ , a product of Hashmi Unani Pharmacy, Amroha, UP, ‘2 Much Gold’ , manufactured by Prince Pharma, Village David, Ludhiana, and ‘Musli Power Extra’, of Kunnath Pharmaceuticals, Moovattupuzha, Kerala.

Sources from the government institute said they have collected the samples of the drugs from the local chemists in Delhi and they have the bills for the same for records. Their tests lasted for six months to find out the real contents.

“Earlier we wrote an official letter to the DCGI regarding the adulteration and in response to that, DCGI gave order to state drug controllers to take action on the same. We officially received letters from state drug testing laboratories where they have demanded the standards for testing of these products and in fact asked for the method of analysis employed in our laboratory. We received such letter from Rajasthan state drug testing laboratory”, an official in the institute said.

When asked what kinds of ingredients their tests targeted and how many of them proved positive, the official replied that they had targeted sildenafil and tadalafil.” We investigated 15 marketed preparations and of these, five were found to contain one of the mentioned drugs”.

They said the method used for conducting the analysis test of the formulations are various types including the latest one by using HPTLC, HPLC and LC-MS instruments.

In the quantitative test using the above instruments it was found that all the five products were contained the ingredients of phosphodiesterase (sildenafil or tadlafil) with different quantities in mg per tablet or capsule.
In the drug ‘Supersonic’ (batch NO- 14) the sildenafil presence per tablet/capsule was ‘119.00 mg. In ‘Titanic K2’, (Batch No—27), it was 71.00 mg per tablet/capsule. Where as, in ‘Sikander e Azam’, (Batch No—2), the presence of sildenafil per tablet/capsule was 76.00 mg.

The same content was also found in the drug, ‘2 Much Gold’,( Batch No—152), and the quantity was 2.01 mg per tablet/capsule. In ‘Musli Power Extra’, (Batch No–MP/058/09 ) the ingredient found was tadalfil and the amount present per capsule was 32.00 mg.

The officials said herbal medicines rarely have a quick onset of action and it is often seen that they produce mild to moderate action. Furthermore they elicit their response on prolonged dosing. The manufacturers of these companies were claiming to cure the problem of erectile dysfunction with single dose. This was contrary to the popular belief about the herbal drugs and that is what prompted them to carry out research to find out the truth behind their claims.

DIPSAR has sent the reports to the DCGI and copies were sent to the CDSCO offices and also to the health ministries of central government and Delhi government. It has advised the concerned authorities to conduct strict pharmacovigilance of these herbal products and they should be prohibited from marketing openly to public.

As per the Drugs & Magic Remedies Act “any such product used for the cure of sexual dysfunction cannot be advertised”. But manufacturers of these products are advertising on a large scale.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Cipla launches ‘asthma alert schools’ campaign in Kolkata

Breathefree, a public service initiative by Cipla launched a campaign called ‘asthma alert schools’ in Kolkata to empower teachers and school authorities to handle asthma emergencies in schools. It is the first ever initiative in India through which teachers would be trained to administer first-aid medication during an asthma attack and guided to identify symptoms of asthma in a child and to effectively communicate it to the parent.

The campaign was initiated with 200 teachers from over 40 schools of Kolkata who participated in the first workshop of asthma alert schools and would reach out to many more schools in the coming months.

Reinforcing the importance of the campaign, M Leena Harathi, principal, Andhra Association School said, “Trained through the workshop, we will now work towards minimising triggers of asthma in the classroom and school environment as these are very easy to follow and execute. Also, during school excursions we will definitely ensure that there is a quick relief inhaler that is carried along in the trip.”

Dr Pallab Chatterjee, consultant paediatrician, Columbia Asia Hospital and AMRI Hospitals, Salt Lake emphasised, “We are overwhelmed with the response from schools to the asthma alert schools campaign. The teachers play a huge role in shaping our personalities and often they motivate and influence us way beyond books and classrooms. I’m sure that several children would be benefited through this campaign and for those who are suffering needlessly with the symptoms, their teachers could be instrumental in transforming their quality of life.”

Dr Subhasis Roy, consultant paediatrician, Columbia Asia Hospital and Sishu Sanjeevan Hospital, Salt Lake reinforced, “The first-aid box of every school should have the quick-relief inhaler (reliever medicine) so that in case of an emergency the necessary medication could be administered without delay. About two puffs given to the child every five minutes will ensure that his condition is brought under control even before medical help arrives or the parent is contacted. It is very simple to use device and is highly effective and affordable.”

Commenting on asthma alert schools campaign, M Norman, principal, Assembly of God Church, Tollygunge said, “With asthma episodes becoming more and more frequent with children, today it has become imperative for schools to have a basic understanding of asthma and be prepared to handle an asthma emergency situation. Children spend about five to six hours in school every day and we find a lot of children getting breathless after physical activities or recurrently suffering from cough and cold. We will now definitely discuss these symptoms with the parent so that a child’s health is not compromised. An initiative like this is the need of the hour and will further help the staff to responsibly take care of the children during school hours.”

Asthma is the most common chronic condition in children and today about one out of 10 children in India has asthma. It is the leading cause of school absenteeism and worldwide over 14 million school days are missed each year due to asthma. It could affect a child’s overall development and performance, ability to concentrate or memorise and tire him out easily. Moreover, an asthma episode could escalate and result into death without prompt medical attention. But with awareness and right treatment, it is possible to lead a normal active life with asthma. Therefore, the objective of asthma alert schools is not only to equip teachers to prevent asthma deaths in schools but also for them to help children with asthma understand their triggers and participate fully in all school activities with their asthma under control.

Breathefree is a public service initiative from Cipla which with the support of health professionals aims to reach out to millions suffering from asthma and their families. Breathefree aims to help asthmatics lead fulfilling lives and make them believe that asthma is a disease that can be controlled.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Govt hikes 10% DA from July 2010

The government today announced ten percent increase in the Dearness Allowance of central government employees and Pensioners from July this year. A decision to this effect was made by the Union Cabinet which met in New Delhi.
According to an official press release the total impact on the exchequer will be over 9 thousand three hundred crore rupees annually, while six thousand two hundred crore rupees for the current financial year.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Pay Scales of Tamilnadu Pharmacist

The government of Tamilnadu issued an order for pharmacists.  New pay scale for pharmacist granted by Tamilnadu Govt. is 9300-34800 with grade pay 4200.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

UP govt issues order to police to file FIR against cos marketing substandard drugs

Mumbai, 30 Aug: Even as the industry is battling with the Union health ministry for curtailing the powers of drug authorities under the amended Spurious Drugs Act that came into effect on August 10, 2009, the Uttar Pradesh government has directed the state police department to initiate criminal proceedings under Indian Penal Code against the drug companies who are found to be marketing substandard drugs.
The UP chief minister's directive has alarmed the industry as it will have a serious adverse impact on the genuine drug manufacturers because as per the directive, the police have been asked to file First Information Reports (FIRs) against the drug manufacturers who are found to be manufacturing and marketing substandard drugs.
According to sources, the UP chief minister has directed the commissioners, district magistrates, DIG of Police, SSP and SP of each district and Food and Drugs Authorities to lodge First Information Report with the police under section 274, 275 and 276 of the Indian Penal Code r/w section 154 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Concerned over the development, the industry has urged the UP chief minister to review the instructions issued by the government and to modify the directives to address the concerns of the industry.
In a letter to the UP chief minister, the Indian Drug Manufacturers Association (IDMA) contended that the instructions issued by the chief minister are inconsistent with the scheme of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and legislative intent of the Act that the cases under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 should be investigated by the technically qualified drug inspectors duly appointed by the Central government and the state governments under section 21 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and policy guidelines issued by the Drug Controller General of India.
The IDMA said that while it might be necessary to involve police machinery in cases of clandestine activity of manufacturing and selling spurious and adulterated drug, it is not desirable to lodge FIR in every case in which drug manufactured and sold by the bonafide licensed manufacturer in routine course of business transaction is reported to be substandard.
It has urged the chief minister to review and modify the instructions so as to avoid unnecessary harassment from police to the bonafide licensed manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers of drugs.

Raids on medical stores: Addl Drug Controller beaten

Rajpura, 30 August: Raids conducted by the Health Department on drug stores turned ugly this evening when medical store owners started beating up Additional Drug Controller (ADC), Chandigarh, Pradeep Mattu.
Mattu was taken to Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, with multiple injuries. He lodged a complaint with the police against four persons, namely Lajpat Rai Chappu, Jagdish Kumar, Ramesh Chander and Naveen Kumar, owners of medical stores.
Chapu is also a municipal councillor of ward No. 25 in Rajpura and is a chemist in Jawahar Market. Mattu alleged that the accused druggists had beaten him up in one of their shops situated in the trunk market area when he, along with other drug inspectors, was conducting raids.
He alleged that the accused first manhandled him and later attacked with fists and kicks. He received injuries on his nose, arms and other body parts.
He said they seized many habit-forming drugs from Jagdish Medical Hall situated in Trunk Market when suddenly the store owner attacked him without any provocation.
Alleging bias, the chemists, whose stores were raided, tried to block the Patiala-Rajpura road. Drug inspectors from Ropar, Jalandhar, Mohali, Faridkot and member of Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance DIG Paramjjit Singh Gill (retd) were also present.
Drugs worth 2.5 lakh from two unlicensed premises and 35 types of allopathic drugs were seized. The Jagdish Medical Hall and Naveen Medical Hall were raided and their unauthorised go-downs were unearthed.
Director Punjab Health Services, Chandigarh, Dr JP Singh said a strict legal action would be taken against culprits and a drive against the illegal sale of drugs would not be deterred by such mischievous attempts.
Dr JP Singh and civil surgeon, Patiala, Dr Sham Lal Mahajan and assistant civil surgeon Dr Parshotam Dass Goyal met Mattu in the hospital.
Rajpura SHO Bikramjeet Singh Brar said the statement of the victims had been recorded and a case would be registered against the accused.