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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF CHEMICALS AND FERTILIZERS
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1656
ANSWERED ON:  22.07.2014
DRUGS UNDER PRICE CONTROL
ANURAG SINGH THAKUR
Will the Minister of



CHEMICALS AND FERTILIZERS be pleased to state:-




(a) whether drugs for cancer includingantibiotics are very costly in the country;

(b) if so, the reasons therefor and thereaction of the Government thereto alongwith the number of drugs covered underthe price control at present;

(c) whether the Government proposesto further extend the coverage of pricecontrol;

(d) if so, the details thereof and the timeby which it is likely to be made;

(e) whether the method of pricing ofdrugs is not rational and if so, the reasonstherefor; and

(f) whether the Government proposes to fix the price of medicines on the basis ofmanufacturing cost of medicines instead ofaverage price of medicines available in themarket and if so, the time by which it islikely to be done and if not, the reasonstherefor?


ANSWER


MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF CHEMICALS & FERTILIZERS (SHRI NIHAL CHAND)

(a) to (d): All the medicines specified in the National List of Essential Medicines, 2011 (NLEM, 2011) have been included in Schedule 1 of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013 (DPCO, 2013) which contains 348 drugs covering 680 formulations which also include some drugs for cancer and antibiotics. National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority(NPPA) has notified prices of 440 scheduled formulations upto 30.6.2014. Significant reduction in prices have been effected on the medicines notified under DPCO, 2013 as compared to the highest price prevalent prior to that which differs from formulation to formulation.

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), an independent body of experts under this Department, has been delegated the power under DPCO, 2013 to fix the ceiling price or retail price of any drug.NPPA has also fixed the prices of anti-diabetic and cardiovascularmedicines in respect of 108 non-scheduled formulations on 10.7.2014.

(e) & (f): NPPA fixes the prices of scheduled medicines as per the provisions /methodology provided in DPCO, 2013 based on market based data.

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