National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)
Name of the Authority National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority
Date of Establishment August 1997
Address 5th / 3rd Floor, YMCA Cultural Centre Building, 1, Jai Singh Road,
Tolstoy Marg, New Delhi-110 001
Telephone Fax 23345116, 23345118, 23345122
The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority was set up as an attached office of the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals on 29th August 1997. It has been entrusted with the following functions/tasks:

  1. To implementand enforcethe provisions of the Drugs Price Control Order (DPCO) in accordance with the powers delegated to it.
  2. To fix / revise prices of bulk drugs and related formulations. The N P P A  is empowered to take final decisions, but subject to review by the Government, as and when considered necessary.
  3. To update the list under price control by inclusion and exclusion of drugs on the basis of the established criteria/guidelines.
  4. To deal with all legal matters arising out of the decisions of the Authority.
  5. To monitor the prices of decontrolled drugs and formulations.
  6. To monitor the availability of drugs, identify shortages, if any, and to take remedial steps.
  7. To collect/maintain data on production, exports and imports, market share of individual companies, profitability of companies etc. for bulk drugs and formulations.
  8. To undertake and/or sponsor relevant studies in respect of pricing of drugs/pharmaceuticals.
  9. To recruit/appoint the officers and other staff members of the Authority, as per rules and procedures laid down by the Government.
  10. To render advice to the Central Government on changes/revisions in the drug policy.
  11. To render assistance to the Central Government in the parliamentary matters relating to the drug pricing.
NPPA is headed by the Chairman, Shri Ashok Kumar, and assisted by the Member Secretary, Shri Arun Jha.

Organisation Chart of Pharmaceutical Division

US Under Secretary DPEA   Drug Prices Equalisation Account
JIA Joint Industrial Advisor SO Section Officer
DO Desk Officer RO Research Officer
T Technical PI Pharmaceutical Industry
JD Joint Director PSU Public Sector Undertakings

PI-I deals with EXIM Policy, duty matters, R&D, WTO, TRIPS, Patents etc.
PI-II deals with Drugs policy, DPCO, price review applications, matters  relating to NPPA etc.
PI-III deals with FIPB/PAB proposals, Export Promotion Cell, Joint Commissions, Input-Output norms etc.
PI-IV deals with all matters relating to PSU's and NIPER.