‘Acute Kidney Injury’ warning a must on antacid medicines: Drug controller

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has written a letter to pharmaceutical manufacturers through the Food and Drug Administration department to warn patients about the risk of kidney damage due to certain antacids. The DGCI has asked manufacturers to issue a warning on the pack itself

‘Acute Kidney Injury’ warning a must on antacid medicines: Drug controllerSoon, Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) formulation manufactures will have to incorporate ‘Acute Kidney Injury’ warning on its packages. A majority of people suffer from gas and heartburn regularly. It is so common that we tend to take an anti-acidity pill without consulting a doctor. We don’t think about the possible side effects of the medicine […]

Union govt to soon come up with a list to regulate over-the-counter drugs

For the first time ever, the Drug Consultative Committee (DCC) is of the opinion that there is an urgent need for defining the Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs and to lay down specific provisions for the regulation of OTC drugs in the country. This will be done to promote self-care without compromising patient safety thereby reducing the treatment cost. It will also prevent patients from resorting to self-medicating when they are ill

Union govt to soon come up with a list to regulate over-the-counter drugsIn a first-of-its-kind move, the union government is contemplating to prepare a list of Over-the-Counter drugs (OTC). As currently there is no such definition of over-the-counter drugs in India. The aim is to reduce the treatment cost by promoting self-care without compromising patient safety. Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs are drugs that can be sold by pharmacists […]

Disallow doctors from stocking medicines: Pharmacists urges centre

Registered pharmacists from all over India have joined forces and have come together to express their dissatisfactions with doctors. They have alleged that doctors are hoarding medicines and stockpiling drugs

Disallow doctors from stocking medicines: Pharmacists urges centreIn the past, instances have come to light where doctors have been hoarding medicine and have been dispensing them to patient. This has miffed pharmacists across the country. As it is not the responsibility of the doctors to distribute medicines. They have urged the Union Health Ministry to amend Schedule K of Drugs and Cosmetics […]

Patients likely to save Rs 12,447 crore as a result of fixation of prices of essential medicines

Patients are most likely to save Rs 12,447 crore due to fixation of prices of essential medicines by the government, the Parliament was informed on Tuesday, July 2

Patients likely to save Rs 12,447 crore as a result of fixation of prices of essential medicinesUnion Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, D.V. Sadananda Gowda, while giving a written reply to a question on check on drug prices in the country, in Lok Sabha today, stated that the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has taken important measures to check the prices of drugs, under the Drugs (Prices Control) Order (DPCO). He […]

Meet Delhi’s ‘Medicine Baba,’ who begs for medicines to save poor and needy

What do you do with the medicines which are left over? Simply dump it somewhere and forget it right? But, these medicines can save someone’s life that is in dire need and does not have money to buy it. Meet Delhi's octogenarian who begs for medicines which he distributes among the poor and needy

Meet Delhi’s ‘Medicine Baba,’ who begs for medicines to save poor and needyIf a beggar approaches you for food or money what would you do? Our general reaction is we turn a blind eye towards him/her or sometimes out of compassion offers to help them. But, have you ever heard about a beggar who begs for medicines? NO?! Then you must meet an 82-year-old octogenarian from Delhi […]

How medications can affect your balance

Medications can be lifesaving by performing critical tasks such as keeping blood sugar at safe levels, hearts thumping rhythmically, and moods afloat. Yet side effects and interactions between drugs (both prescription and non-prescription drugs) may increase your fall risk in numerous ways

How medications can affect your balancePrime examples include blurred vision, dizziness or light-headedness stemming from low blood pressure, drowsiness, delirium, and impaired alertness or judgment. Some medications may affect the inner ear, spurring temporary or permanent balance disorders. Often, problems stem from the sheer number of medicines you take, rather than a single drug. According to a national health survey […]

Maha: FDA cracks whip on homoeopathy docs purchasing large quantities of allopathy medicines

The state government had allowed homoeopathy doctors with a one-year bridge-course to practice allopathy by learning pharmacology. But, according to the Drug and Cosmetic Act, the homoeopathy doctors can’t purchase and store the allopathy medicines

Maha: FDA cracks whip on homoeopathy docs purchasing large quantities of allopathy medicinesThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has slapped a notice to the homoeopathy doctors in Dombivali. The notices have been served as it has been found that the homoeopathy doctors have purchased allopathy medicine in large quantities. The FDA has served notices to 25 doctors and has launched an investigation to know whether their degrees […]

Medicines, counselling, therapy and family support – the four pillars to treat schizophrenia

A person affected by schizophrenia is disowned by the family and left alone on the streets as a destitute. Doctors and psychologist say that support by the family is crucial in reintegrating the patient with society and without the support of the family the treatment becomes difficult

Medicines, counselling, therapy and family support – the four pillars to treat schizophreniaPeople affected with severe mental disorder, wandering on different streets, is the common picture seen in all the major cities in India. A person affected by schizophrenia is disowned by the family and left alone on the streets as a destitute. Doctors and psychologist say that support by the family is crucial in reintegrating the […]

How to deal with gallstones: Know its causes, prevention and treatment

Talk with your doctors before trying to treat gallstones by yourself. They can help you receive a correct diagnosis. They can also advise you on all of your treatment options. If you have yellowing of the eyes, fever or chills, and intense abdominal pain, seek medical care immediately

How to deal with gallstones: Know its causes, prevention and treatmentWhat are gallstones? Gallstones are hard deposits that form in your gallbladder. There are two types of gallstones: cholesterol gallstones, which are most common and made up of excess cholesterol pigment gallstones, which are made up of excess bilirubin Surgery is a common treatment for gallstones, but you may be able to treat them with […]

Soon, ATM machines to dispense medicine in Mumbai?

A corporator from Malad West has put forth a proposal to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to install ATM machines which can dispense medicines at civic-run hospitals in Mumbai

Soon, ATM machines to dispense medicine in Mumbai?We live in an age of convenience where everything is available online and within reach of our finger tips. Just as the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) help in saving time, by helping you avoid long queues at the bank. Similarly, if this proposal is accepted then the ATM machines will provide you with medicines thereby […]
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