Health care

Loosening control

Print edition : January 06, 2017

Bhupinder Singh, Chairman of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority. Photo: V. SUDERSHAN

At the Jana Sanjivini Generic Drug Store at the Government Hospital in Bengaluru on November 12, 2016. Unfair marketing practices of pharmaceutical companies occur in various forms and the government has been reluctant to make a code for ethical marketing practices mandatory and statutory. Photo: V. SREENIVASA MURTHY

A pharmacy in Mysuru. Photo: M.A. SRIRAM

The Health Ministry’s moves to dismantle the established price regime for essential medicines, undermining affordable access to drugs and weakening the regulatory framework for pharmaceuticals, raise concern.

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