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The NPPA rolls out new drug pricing regulations for 42 anti-cancer drugs

The NPPA rolls out new drug pricing regulations for 42 anti-cancer drugs

According to the announcement made by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, prices of 43 anti-cancer drugs will be regulated to curb the unwarranted profits made by chemists and drug stockists on various medicines. The NPAA, under the Drugs Control Act, 2013, has made price control changes in 36 types of medicines used in the treatment of blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, pain, asthma, etc. and now, it will take care of medicines for 38 rare diseases too.

Though the idea to regulate expensive cancer drugs had been in discussion for quite some time, the decision was put to effect on February 26.The new trade margins have been set to 30 percent for manufacturers which will be effective by March 8. This will ensure reduction in the prices of at least 72 medicine formulations containing the 42 drugs for which trade margin has been fixed. A senior doctor from the AIIMS said, “According to NPPA, after this decision, manufacturers of 105 cancer drugs will reduce profits up to 85 percent in the country. This will give cancer patients a benefit of about Rs 105 crore directly.

The regulators pointed out that the high trade margins are a major factor causing unreasonable price rise of drugs in India. Therefore, the regulators framed the order around eliminating the out-of-pocket expenditure on medicines that push people beyond the poverty threshold in the country. The regulators also said that many more actions will follow this move and target other medicines in the non-schedule category.


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