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Ceiling Prices

Ceiling prices would be fixed for commonly marketed  standard pack sizes of price-controlled formulations and it would be obligatory for all,  including small scale units, to  follow the price so fixed..

22.7.4  SIMPLIFIED PROCEDURE

(i) An independent body of experts, to be called the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, will be entrusted with the task of price-fixation/revision and other related matters such as updating the list of drugs under price control by inclusion and exclusion on the basis of the established criteria/guidelines and would be empowered to take final decisions. The Government would have the power of review. It would also monitor the prices of decontrolled drugs and formulations and oversee the implementation of the provisions of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order.

(ii) The time-frame for granting price approvals will be 2 months for formulations and 4 months for bulk drugs from the date of receipt of the complete prescribed information.

22.7.5 ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRODUCTION FROM BASIC STAGE

The rate of return in case of basic manufacture would be higher by 4 per cent over the existing 14 per cent on net worth or 22 per cent on capital employed.

22.8 SETTING UP OF NATIONAL DRUG AUTHORITY

22.8.1 A National Drug Authority would be set up by an Act of the Parliament, to be steered by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, to look after the Quality Control aspects, Rational Use of Drugs and related matters as outlined in Paras 16-19 above.

22.8.2 For strengthening the drug control system including GMP and for encouraging R&D, a cess of 1% would be levied on production of drugs and pharmaceuticals through legislation, details of which would be worked out by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

22.9 COORDINATION BETWEEN MINISTRIES

A Coordination Committee consisting of Secretaries of the Ministries/ Departments of Commerce, Revenue, Health, Bio-technology and Industrial Development and Chairman, Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices will be set up under the chairmanship of Secretary (Chemicals and Petrochemicals) for monitoring the areas of key concern every quarter and for tracking effective and timely action.  The Chairman of the proposed National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority would also be co-opted on this committee, as and when it is constituted.

22.10 OTHER MATTERS

The various aspects relating to promotion of Ayurvedic, Unani, Sidha, Homeopathic and traditional systems of medicines would be actively pursued and the machinery for carrying out these tasks would be adequately strengthened. To provide better focus to this important work, a separate Department, to look after all matters relating to development and promotion of these systems of medicines, would be created.

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