This Article is From Jun 06, 2016

Prices Of Cancer, Diabetes, Blood Pressure Drugs Cut By Around 25%

Prices Of Cancer, Diabetes, Blood Pressure Drugs Cut By Around 25%

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  • Prices of 56 important medicines have been capped by government
  • Drugs include those used in treatment of cancer, diabetes, BP
  • Prices have been cut by an average 25%, regulator NPPA said
New Delhi: Prices of 56 important medicines used in treatment of cancer, diabetes, bacterial infections and blood pressure have been capped by the government, thereby reducing the cost by an average of around 25 per cent.

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), however, has also increased prices of some of the smaller volume packs of commonly used intravenous fluids such as glucose and sodium chloride injections.

Products of major pharmaceuticals firms - including Abbott Healthcare, Cipla, Lupin, Alembic, Alkem Laboratories, Novartis, Biocon, Intas Pharmaceuticals, Hetero Healthcare and erstwhile Ranbaxy (now Sun Pharmaceutical Industries) - will be affected by the new price cap announced by drug price regulator NPPA.

"The prices of drugs have been reduced on an average of 25 per cent. In some cases the reduction is 10 to 15 per cent while for others it is up to 45 to 50 per cent also," NPPA Chairman Bhupendra Singh told PTI.

He further said that out of these, for the 31 scheduled formulations packs of IV fluids, NPPA has increased prices in case of small volume packs while reducing it for large volume packs.

"The manufacturers not complying with the ceiling price and notes specified herein-above shall be liable to deposit the overcharged amount along with interest thereon," NPPA said in its notifications for the fixed/revised ceiling prices.

The capping of the prices of 56 scheduled formulations of Schedule-I is being carried out under the Drugs (Price Control) Amendment Order, 2016, and retail prices of eight formulations under the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013.

The government fixes the prices of essential drugs based on the simple average of all medicines in a particular therapeutic segment, having sales of more than 1 per cent.

Companies are allowed to hike prices of such drugs by up to 10 per cent in a year.

The government had notified DPCO, 2013, which covers 680 formulations, with effect from May 15, 2014, replacing the 1995 order that regulated prices of only 74 bulk drugs.

Set up in 1997, NPPA has been entrusted with the task of fixation/revision of prices of pharmaceutical products, enforcement of provisions of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order and monitoring of prices of controlled and decontrolled drugs.