Kerala to set up price monitoring and research unit to track violation of drug prices

  • Kerala Government has announced to set up a price monitoring and research unit (PMRU) to track violation of prices of essential drugs and medical devices under the Drugs Price Control Order (DPCO).
  • Kerala is the first State to establish such a monitoring unit as per the proposal of NPPA.
  • More than five years ago, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) had proposed such a system for the States and the Union Territories 
  • A society had been registered to get Central assistance for the functioning of the unit. 
  • The new office would start functioning as soon as infrastructure was set up.  
  • The State Health Secretary would be the Chairman and the Drugs Controller would be  member secretary of this unit.
  • Other members include  State government representative, representatives of private pharmaceutical companies, and those from consumer rights protection fora.
  • The society would also have an executive committee headed by the Drugs Controller.

About National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority

  • NPPA is an organization of the Government of India which was established, inter alia, to fix/ revise the prices of controlled bulk drugs and formulations and to enforce prices and availability of the medicines in the country, under the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 1995. 
  • The organization is also entrusted with the task of recovering amounts overcharged by manufacturers for the controlled drugs from the consumers.
  • It also monitors the prices of decontrolled drugs in order to keep them at reasonable levels.

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