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14th September 2016
Artamine shortage​
 
The age-old drug, first manufactured in the early 1960s, has suddenly become scarce and gone out of production.
 
Patients with Wilson’s disease (copper overload) with liver, neurological and psychiatric manifestations have been treated with D-penicillamine since the 1960s.  D-penicillamine is an excellent chelator and patients have to be on this drug lifelong because of the genetic nature of the disease.
 
Since the last 6 months, 3-4 different companies in India that were producing the drug have stopped production of D-penicillamine. Apparently, this is due to the non availability of the raw material that was obtained from China.
 
Patients, particularly children and adolescents and young adults, are the most affected.
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Indian Medical Association raises awareness among doctors in New Delhi on the
increasing incidence of cardiovascular diseases 

Lay emphasis on raising patient awareness about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and undergoing regular preventive check-ups 
 
New Delhi, 13th September 2016: The Indian Medical Association organized a continued medical education (CME) program in New Delhi to discuss the growing epidemic of heart disease amongst the Indian population and importance of achieving goals in cardiology practice. The "Get to Goal" CME was attended by leading doctors in the city.

Cardiovascular diseases are expected to be the leading cause of death in Western and Asian countries including India by 2020. Presently they account for close to a quarter of the deaths in India making them a one of the leading causes of morbidity and premature mortality. The major problem area lies in the fact that that a large section of the population is not aware of the causes and symptoms of the condition.
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