Stent prices to be fixed in 10-15 days, says govt

Will give huge relief to heart patients, says Ananth Kumar

Stent prices to be fixed in 10-15 days, says govt

Chemicals and Fertilsers Minister Ananth Kumar on Wednesday said the government will fix prices of coronary stents in the next 10-15 days.

“We have asked the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority ( NPPA) to fix prices of stents. This issue is pending for long. The price will be fixed in the next 10 to 15 days. This will give huge relief to patients,” Kumar said here.

The minister made a statemnt in this regard on the sidelines of signing of an MoU between the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India and National Yuva Co-operative Society for opening of 1,000 Jan Aushadhi drug stores across India.

The NPPA, which has convened a meeting with stakeholders to discuss the issue on January 24, also asked manufacturers and marketers of the medical device to disclose detailed pricing data and related information. 

In July, the Ministry of Health had included stents in the National List of Essential Medicines, whereby the device came under the purview of price control of the government. There were complaints that the margin for hospitals in terms of MRP of the stents was too high.

Dismissing speculation that the role of the NPPA would be changed, Kumar said its mandate is to regulate drug prices and would continue to do so. To make it mandatory for doctors to prescribe generic medicines, the Department of Pharmaceutical will hold talks with the Ministry of Health and Medical Council of India.

“As part of the government’s efforts to make available good quality medicines at affordable prices, we will make it mandatory for doctors to prescribe generic medicines. If any modification of rules is required, same will be done accordingly,” the minister told DH.
The government has received 20,000 applications seeking permission to open generic medicine shops. Of this, 5,000 applications have been processed.

In Karnataka, another 200 generic medicines shops will be opened soon. With every such shop, which will come up in government hospitals, the government will extend Rs 2.5 lakh financial assistance.

At present in the Janaushadhi Kendras, a portfolio containing 600 drugs and 154 surgical equipment are available and the same are expected to double soon, he said.

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