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#MedicalDevice pricing in India:”Don’t use a shotgun to kill an ant,”says industry veteran

4 Aug

Ajay PitreLate last month, the Maharastra Food & Drug Administration wrote to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to include medical devices in the Drug Prices Control Order (DPCO) which gives the NPPA its power to fix drug prices. Since the NPPA has been on overdrive, recently adding 108 drug formulations to the list of 348 already under price control, this sort of development can no longer be dismissed.

Medical devices are definitely a not-insignificant part of overall healthcare cost but should their prices be fixed by the government and should it be under the same set of rules as drugs? I spoke to Ajay Pitre to understand this issue better. Continue reading

Think deeper about drugs affordability : my column in the Indian Express

7 Feb

My latest column in The Indian Express addresses the question of drug affordability. In this column, I have argued that the new Drug Price Control Order (DPCO), soon to complete a year in existence, while a major preoccupation with mandarins and managers alike in the last few months, is not a panacea for affordability.  I have used the Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab to illustrate my point.  For the article click here.

 

 

 

 

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