The move comes after the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir vide order dated May 8 directed the health ministry to issue a circular clearly indicating that all hospitals should abide by the notification.
The government on February 13 slashed by up to 85 per cent the prices of life-saving coronary stents, tiny metal tubes inserted into the narrowed coronary arteries.
In a circular addressed to the principal/health secretaries of all the states, the government directed them to "abide by the notification dated February 13 relating to the capping of prices of stents issued by the National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers".
A coronary stent is a tube-shaped device placed in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. It keeps the arteries open during the treatment of coronary heart diseases.
The move of the government is aimed at stopping the menace of over-pricing of coronary stents in various hospitals.