25 August 2008
New Delhi, India
By Sushmi Dey
Govt Asks NPPA To Collect Data On Price Of Medical Devices
It is learnt that the government is in the process of framing guidelines for compulsory price negotiation with companies for their new products–both patented medicines as well as medical devices–at the time of giving marketing approvals. The data gathered by NPPA would provide the government with a reference basket to negotiate prices of medical devices accordingly. The move would ensure that medical device makers price their brands reasonably as they will have to negotiate prices of their products with the government. The idea is to ascertain that consumers benefit with medical devices available at lesser price.
NPPA has also recommended to the government that there should be differential pricing for medical devices used in the treatment of cardiac ailments in government hospitals so that less affluent people could also afford treatment. The move is significant as the cost of sophisticated medical devices add substantially to the already spiralling medical bills. Some surgical procedures are unaffordable to many patients due to the inflated cost of catheters and other devices. Some stents, particularly drug eluting ones, are priced at around Rs 1 lakh.