Tripura to reduce cost of 348 medicines soon

AGARTALA: In a pro-active move to ensure low-cost health care to the citizens, the Tripura government has asked the state drug control authority to be vigilant and strict about implementation of the Centre’s decision with regard to reduction of the maximum retail price (MRP) of 348 essential medicines from August 1.

However, health director S R Debbarma says that although the department had heard about the Union health ministry’s decision, it was yet to receive any communique in this regard.

“I hope that in time we receive the necessary documents from the Union health ministry so that we can ensure that the price reduction of essential drugs is implemented as per the notification of the national pharmaceutical pricing authority,” said health minister Tapan Chakraborty.

The Tripura government has decided to open a generic medicine counter at the Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) and banned the hospital from writing the brand names of medicines.

The state government has already discussed with the Rajasthan Generic Medicine Manufacturing Society the matter of supplying an adequate number of drugs to Tripura where patients can procure them at a low price.

Chakraborty said this will reduce the prices of several costly brands at least by 30 to 50 per cent, thereby benefitting the patients. “At the same time,” he said, “low-cost medicine manufacturers should not be allowed to increase their prices.”

He added that the price control would be exercised on all 348 drugs with 614 dosages of each of the medicines as specified in the National List of Essential Medicines and other combinations of medicines mentioned in the list.

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