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Govt brings 42 non-scheduled cancer drugs under price control

Govt brings 42 non-scheduled cancer drugs under price control

New Delhi: The Government has decided to bring 42 non-scheduled anti-cancer drugs under price control, capping trade margin at 30 per cent, an official statement Wednesday said.

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has invoked extraordinary powers in public interest, under Para 19 of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013 to bring 42 non-scheduled anti-cancer drugs under price control through trade margin rationalisation, the statement said.

"Invoking paragraph 19 of DPCO, 2013, the government hereby puts a cap on trade margin of 30 per cent and directs manufacturers to fix their retail price based on price at first point of sale of product... of the non-scheduled formulations containing any of the 42 drugs," the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DOP) said in a notification.

As per data available with NPPA, the MRP for 105 brands will be reduced up to 85 per cent entailing minimum saving of Rs 105 crore to consumers, it added. Currently, 57 anti-cancer drugs are under price control as scheduled formulations.

Now 42 non-scheduled anti-cancer medicines have been selected for price regulation by restricting trade margin on the selling price (MRP) up to 30 per cent, the notification said.

"These would cover 72 formulations and 355 brands as per data available with NPPA. More data is being collected from hospitals and manufacturers to finalise the list," it added.

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