NPPA fixes retail price of 30 drug formulations


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

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013

Mains level: Regulation governing medical sector in India


Fixing retail price of essential drugs

  1. National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) said it has fixed the retail price for 30 drug formulations
  2. It includes those used for treatment of diabetes, bacterial infections and high blood pressure
  3. NPPA has fixed/revised ceiling prices/retail prices of 33 formulations under Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013


National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority

  1. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is a government regulatory agency that controls the prices of pharmaceutical drugs in India
  2. It was formed on 29 August 1997
  3. The NPPA regularly publishes lists of medicines and their maximum ceiling prices
  4. The NPPA is mandated to fix/revise the prices of controlled bulk drugs and formulations and to enforce prices and availability of the medicines in the country
  5. It also monitors the prices of decontrolled drugs in order to keep them at reasonable levels
  6. The regulator implements and enforces the provisions of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order
  7. It is also entrusted with the task of recovering amounts overcharged by manufacturers for the controlled drugs from the consumers
Health Sector – UHC, National Health Policy, Family Planning, Health Insurance, etc.
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