National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority

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Overview:

Recently,the drug price regulator National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has fixed the ceiling price of 18 formulations, and retail price of 23 new drugs by bringing them under price control.

About National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority:

  • It was established to fix and revise the prices of controlled bulk drugs, and formulations and to enforce prices and availability of the medicines in the country, under the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 1995.
  • Nodal Ministry: It is an attached office of the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • It is an independent Regulator for pricing of drugs and to ensure availability and accessibility of medicines at affordable prices.
  • Functions
    • To implement and enforce the provisions of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order in accordance with the powers delegated to it.
    • To deal with all legal matters arising out of the decisions of the Authority.
    • To monitor the availability of drugs, identify shortages, if any, and to take remedial steps
    • To collect/ maintain data on production, exports and imports, market share of individual companies, profitability of companies etc, for bulk drugs and formulations
    • To undertake and/ or sponsor relevant studies in respect of pricing of drugs/ pharmaceuticals
    • To recruit/ appoint the officers and other staff members of the Authority, as per rules and procedures laid down by the Government\To render advice to the Central Government on changes/ revisions in the drug policy
    • To render assistance to the Central Government in the parliamentary matters relating to the drugs

 


Q1) What is Pharmaceuticals?

Pharmaceuticals refer to drugs or medicines that are used for diagnosing, preventing, treating, or curing diseases in humans or animals. These substances are typically developed through a complex process of research, testing, and manufacturing to ensure their safety, efficacy, and quality.

Source: NPPA expands price control to 23 additional drugs