Drug pricing

Bitter medicine

Print edition : November 14, 2014

The Indian Pharmaceuticals Alliance and the Organisation of Pharmaceuticals Producers of India have challenged the NPPA order in the courts. Here, the packaging unit at the Lupin Ltd pharmaceutical plant in Salcette, Goa. Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Ananth Kumar, Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers. He said the NPPA had the power to fix the ceiling price or retail price of any drug. Photo: Kamal Narang

Shamnad Basheer. An expert on intellectual property rights, he has highlighted the potential impact of the latest government order on public health.

By forcing the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority to withdraw its internal guidelines to cap the prices of 108 essential drugs, the NDA government jeopardises public health to favour drug manufacturers.
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