No increase effected by govt in medicine prices: Mansukh Mandaviya

Allaying concerns about any increase in the prices of medicines, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday said that the government has not made any hike and only certain essential medicines which are linked to the Wholesale Price Index and their prices are very high. less, they may have some automatic enhancement. Or a fall in line with inflationary trends.

“There are some essential drugs linked to WPI which may automatically see rise or fall according to the WPI movement. These are drugs that cost a few rupees and hence, a 10 per cent WPI increase may increase the value of a few paise,” Mandaviya said. said.

He said that the government has no role in the prices of these drugs and it has not increased the prices and has no plans to do so.

Mandaviya told reporters here that when the wholesale price index falls, the prices of these medicines automatically come down.

The drug pricing authority NPPA has raised concerns in some quarters after recently allowing price hike for scheduled drugs under price control under the National List of Medicines (NLEM) with effect from April.

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

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