Govt. descended Price of 126 drugs by 40%

New Delhi
Government has fixed the ceiling price of 530 essential medicines that has resulted in price reduction of over 40 per cent in case of 126 drugs, Parliament. “National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has fixed the ceiling price of 530 medicines”, out of 680 NLEM medicines (628 net medicines) that are under the scheduled category of DPCO 2013. Out of 530 drugs, above 40 per cent price reduction has happened in case of 126 medicines, while prices of 34 drugs has come down in the range of 35-40 per cent. The drug pricing regulator has reduced the price of 26 medicines by 30-35 per cent while prices of 49 drugs have been reduced in the range of 25-30 per cent. While the prices of 65 medicines have been reduced in the range of 20-25 per cent, 43 medicines have witnessed the price reduction in the range of 15 to 20 per cent. Moreover, 57 drugs saw price reduction of 10-15 per cent, price of 50 drugs were reduced in range of 5-10 per cent. In case of 80 medicines the reduction with respect to maximum price was between 0 to 5 per cent. NPPA mandate is to fix or revise the prices of controlled bulk drugs and formulations and to enforce prices and availability of the medicines in the country. It also monitors prices of decontrolled drugs in order to keep them at reasonable levels.

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