No increase in drug prices made by government: Mansukh Mandaviya

The government has no role in the price of drugs and it has not made any price increases and has no intention of doing so, the health minister said.

The government has no role in the price of drugs and it has not made any price increases and has no intention of doing so, the health minister said.

Easing concerns over any increase in drug prices, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Monday that the government had not made any increases and that only a few essential drugs linked to the wholesale price index and whose price was so very low could see an automatic increase. or fall depending on inflation trends.

“Some essential medicines related to WPI may see increase or decrease automatically according to WPI movement. ,” Mr. Mandaviya said.

The government has no role in the price of these drugs and it has not made any price increases and has no intention of doing so, he said.

The prices of these drugs also fall automatically when the WPI drops, Mandaviya told reporters here.

Concerns have been raised in some quarters after the drug pricing authority NPPA recently authorized a hike in the prices of scheduled drugs, which are price controlled under the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), with effect from April.

These drugs include paracetamol, antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections, anti-anaemics, vitamins and minerals.

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