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15th February 2017
 NPPA Stent Notification
 
(Published in Part II, Section 3, Sub Section (ii) of the Gazette of India Extraordinary)
Government of India 
Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers 
Department of Pharmaceuticals 
National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority
New Delhi. The 13. February 2017

 
S.O. 412(E) Whereas the Government of India in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare included Coronary Stents in the National List of Essential Medicines. 2015 (NLEM, 2015) by notification No. X-11035/344/2015-DFQC dated 19th July 2016.
 
2. And whereas the Government of India in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Department of Pharmaceuticals, by notification No. S.O. 4100 (E) dated 21st December 2016 has incorporated Coronary Stents at serial no. 31 of Schedule I of the Drug Prices Control Order, 2013 (DPCO, 2013) and therefore, Coronary Stems arc 'scheduled formulations under the provisions of the DPCO, 2013.
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 New ACP guidelines on noninvasive treatment of low back pain
 
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has published new clinical practice guideline on noninvasive treatments for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain in primary care. The guidelines recommend use of non drug therapies such as exercise, mindfulness, acupuncture or yoga before prescribing drugs, NSAIDs or muscle relaxants. The use of opioids has strongly been discouraged. Acute back pain has been defined as lasting less than 4 weeks, subacute back pain as lasting 4 to 12 weeks and chronic back pain lasting for more than 12 weeks. The three recommendations by ACP are as follows:
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