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Government withdraws powers of NPPA which reduced prices of drugs

Government withdraws powers of NPPA which reduced prices of drugs

The Department of Pharmaceuticals, under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, directly controls the NPPA.

Congress government notified the drug prices control order (DPCO), 2013, with effect from May 15, replacing the 1995 order.
This order gave power to the national pharmaceutical pricing policy (NPPP) 2012 to regulate prices of 348 essential drugs.

Because of above policy all drugs specified in the national list of essential medicines (NLEM) 2011 came under price control.

The Department of Pharmaceuticals has withdrawn guidelines issued on May 29 that gave the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) the powers to fix the prices of drugs that are not on the essential medicines list

After that NPPA reduced the prices of many drugs because of powers and Supreme Court orders

Now BJP government has withdrawn the drug pricing authority's powers that allowed it to fix the prices of medicines not deemed essential, after its decision to impose price caps on more than 100 drugs in July

Now be ready to pay more for drugs

Suggested Reading –

NPPP 2012 List, Names of 348 Medicines that will become cheaper NLEM 2011

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