Govt invokes emergency clause to maintain supply of stents

Govt invokes emergency clause to maintain supply of stents

The government has asked stent manufacturers to maintain uninterrupted supply of coronary stents by invoking emergency clause in public interest.

The move comes in the wake of various multinationals, including Abbott Healthcare and India Medtronic, seeking permission to withdraw some of their products from India following price control.

The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has invoked an emergency clause of the Drug Price Control Order, 2013, in public interest to ensure the companies complied with its direction.

The government took action after receiving reports of shortage of stents in the market and hospitals. The government has directed the companies manufacturing coronary stents in the country to maintain production, import, supply of the coronary stents and submit a weekly report on coronary stents produced and distributed.

“They will also submit a weekly production plan for the next week to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) and the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI),” DoP said in a notice, which has already been sent to Abbott and Medtronic, asking the companies to maintain uninterrupted supply of stents. The government also asked the firms to ensure compliance of the price cap of the coronary stents, along with maintaining its uninterrupted supply.

The government has empowered the NPPA and the DCGI to extend these directions to any other producer of coronary stents in India in the next three months.

The order to maintain uninterrupted supply of coronary stents will be valid for the next six months and the NPPA and the DCGI will recommend withdrawal or extension as the case may be.

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