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22nd February 2017
IMA White Paper on Stent Controversy
Report of the Core-Committee for Revision of National List of Essential Medicines November 2015
A Core-Committee was constituted by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW), Government of India, under the chairmanship of Dr VM Katoch, the then Secretary, Department of Health Research (DHR) and Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and Dr YK Gupta, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as the Vice Chairman.
The Core-Committee in its initial meetings deliberated and decided on the criteria for inclusion and deletion of medicines in National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM).
The criteria for inclusion of a medicine in NLEM are as follows:
1.    The medicine should be approved/licensed in India
2.    The medicine should be useful in a disease, which is a public health problem in India.
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Transient ischemic attack. Do not ignore transient brain dysfunction

TIA often labeled "mini-stroke," or a "warning stroke," should be taken very seriously.

New Delhi, Feb 21, 2017: Transient ischemic attack or TIA or mini paralysis is a brief episode of neurologic dysfunction caused by lack of blood supply in the focal brain or eye, with clinical symptoms typically lasting less than one hour, and without evidence of acute infarction or brain attack.

It is a neurological emergency and early recognition can identify patients who may benefit from preventive therapy or from surgery of large vessels such as the carotid artery.
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