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After stent, price of knee implants capped: 60 per cent rate cut

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Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: NPPA

Mains level: Good step by government. It will drastically decrease the price of Knee surgeries, which will be very helpful for middle class and poor families


Capping of Prices

  1. The Central government has capped the prices of knee implants in the range of Rs 54,720 to Rs 1,13,950,  exclusive of the GST
  2. Why: To check unethical profiteering and exploitative pricing at the cost of the patients in an unregulated market
  3. The average price reduction of knee implants after this cap would be in the range of 59 per cent to 69 per cent

Drug Prices Control Order (DPCO)

  1. The DPCO of 2013 authorises the Central Government to fix the ceiling price or retail price of any drug (or notified medical devices)
  2.  According to the NPPA,  Central Government has found that such “extraordinary situation in the case of knee implants does exist
  3. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) and the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DOP) come under Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers
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