Are elderly addicted to polypharmacy?

Dr Rekha Bhatkhande shares her views on polypharmacy (taking excessive medicines), and how it can be harmful to the elderly

Are elderly addicted to polypharmacy?Firstly, do no harm! Doctors must use the medicines correctly for co-existing diseases and avoid risks often associated with multiple medicine usages such as side effects, drug/ drug interactions, drug/ disease interactions, and inappropriate dosing. Using inappropriate medicine, and polypharmacy are extremely common among the elderly. What is polypharmacy? Is it necessary? Polypharmacy occurs when […]

Maha: Chemist to hit streets to protest against e-pharmacy

Pharmacist and the Chemist across Maharashtra will protest against the proposed draft of E-pharmacy on Friday, September 28. The chemist association says all the chemist shops across the state will remain closed on that day

Maha: Chemist to hit streets to protest against e-pharmacyThe Chemist Association alleges, that small and medium retail chemist shops will hit hard by the e-pharmacies and thousands of people will be affected. While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Kailesh Tandel, President of the Maharashtra Registered Pharmacy Association says, “The Union government has come out with a proposed draft. The government has asked all […]

Fixation of ceiling prices of medicine resulted in public saving of Rs. 11,463

Till June 2018, the Government has fixed the ceiling prices of 851 medicines (including 4 medical devices i.e. Cardiac stents, drug eluting stents, condoms and intra uterine devices) under Revised Schedule - I based on National List of Essential Medicines, 2015

Fixation of ceiling prices of medicine resulted in public saving of Rs. 11,463Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mansukh L. Mandaviya, while giving a written reply to a question on benefits accrued to citizens due to reduction in the prices of essential medicines in recent past, in Lok Sabha today, said that fixation of ceiling prices/MRP of medicines […]

Maha: Shortage of medicines in government-run hospitals, states survey

A recent survey done by Jan Aarogya Abhiyan, pointed out shortage of medicines in government hospitals. The survey was carried out in 11 Primary Health Services (PHC’s) and two rural health services (RHS) in Pune, Nandurbar and Beed districts

Maha: Shortage of medicines in government-run hospitals, states surveyIt revealed around 33 per cent of medicines were unavailable under these facilities. It further pointed out that 28 per cent of medicines were about to go out of supply 22 per cent of the medicines were available would not have been sufficient in the long-run. Only around 15 per cent of the medicines had […]

Bring diabetes, heart and cancer drugs in 5% GST slab, Maha govt to centre

In order to make diabetes, heart and cancer drugs affordable to all, the Maharashtra government is going to send to a letter to the GST council, demanding to lower the GST rates on these medicines

Bring diabetes, heart and cancer drugs in 5% GST slab, Maha govt to centreThe Maharashtra government wants the GST council to lower the GST slab on diabetes, heart and cancer drugs from exiting 12 per cent to 5 per cent. Maharashtra’s Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has stated this during the discussion in the legislative council. The state government is contemplating the of distributing free medicines to the poor […]

Why force patients to buy medicines from hospital pharmacies: SC asks govt 

The Supreme Court has taken a stern view on the practice of the hospitals to compel patients to buy the medicines from the hospital pharmacy itself. The SC has issued a notice to the centre seeking a response on the same

Why force patients to buy medicines from hospital pharmacies: SC asks govt The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the union government, to all the states and the union territories. The SC has sought government’s response over why not to restrain the private hospitals from forcing patients to buy medicines from the hospital pharmacies. A petition was filed by a Delhi-based student, Sidharth Dalmia and his […]

Mumbai: FDA cracks whip against 410 ‘irregular’ chemist shops

The Food and Drug Administration has cracked the whip against 410 irregular drug shops in the city. The FDA has cancelled licenses of 121 chemists who have been found violating the government's orders

Mumbai: FDA cracks whip against 410 ‘irregular’ chemist shopsFrom April 2017 to March 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken stern actions against 410 retail and wholesale chemist shops in Mumbai. Of which, FDA has suspended the licenses of 208 retail drug shops and has revoked licenses of 38 chemists over the violation of government’s order. While 81 wholesale drug dealers, […]

Health Ministry: Red band with warning on scheduled drugs mandatory

The health ministry has through a government notification issued on April 26, 2018 has sought to make changes on the printing of a medical strip which issue warnings for Schedule G , Schedule H, Schedule X, Schedule H1 prescription drugs. It will contain a red block with black letters stating the caution or warning. The new changes on these drugs will come into effect on November 01, 2018

Health Ministry: Red band with warning on scheduled drugs mandatoryThese new guidelines will have to followed by every drug manufacturing company. The central government had earlier invited objections and suggestions for the same on November 03, 2017. In 2016, India’s drug industry has opposed the union health ministry’s proposal to make a red band mandatory with black letters on packaging labels of prescription-only drugs, […]

PM Modi advocates ‘Fit India’ movement

In 42nd Mann ki Baat, PM Modi exhorted the importance of fitness and health, owing to requests and recommendations he received over letters and e-mails from the public. Yoga guarantees fitness as well as wellness, it has become a global mass movement today, said PM Modi, while introducing the 'Fit India' movement

PM Modi advocates ‘Fit India’ movementIn his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, the Prime Minister said: Preventive healthcare is most cheap and easy. As much as we are conscious about preventive healthcare, it will be beneficial for the person, his family and society. A healthy India is vital as a clean India. In case of health, the country has […]

Urgent need to develop new drugs to fight 12 dangerous bacteria, says WHO

Describing each of the 12 bacterium as "priority pathogens" and as greatest threats to human health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says many of these have already evolved into deadly superbugs that are resistant to many antibiotics

Urgent need to develop new drugs to fight 12 dangerous bacteria, says WHONew antibiotics must be developed urgently to fight a dozen dangerous families of bacteria, the World Health Organization said on Monday, describing these “priority pathogens” as the greatest threats to human health. Many of these bacteria have already evolved into deadly superbugs that are resistant to many antibiotics, the United National health agency said. The […]
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