National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Policy: A Review

Anika Sulania


Like many other developing and a few developed countries, India also partly depends on pharmaceutical companies for its economic growth. Realizing the concept along with the need to provide accessible and affordable essential drugs to the citizens, especially those of economical weaker section, many drugs or pharmaceutical policies were formulated in India. Such policies ensure continuous availability of safe and effective essential medicines, especially in the public sector and quality, safety and efficacy of human and veterinary drugs inline with internationally acceptable standards while ensuring appropriate regulation and control, latest being the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy (NPPA), 2013, the focus of which is to include more drugs under NLEP, decrease in cost of medicines, providing generic medicines, etc. The use of the international non-proprietary name (INN), or generic name, is a recognized strategy to reduce medicine costs and expenditure. The policy though up to certain level provided the relief in the cost of essential medicines but still major areas were still untouched by the policy. This article deals with the drawback of the pharmaceutical policies in our country. Also the major problems being faced by the doctors who are part of government healthcare system and a vision of how to deal with it or what more can be added in such policies to provide the smooth and effective basic healthcare to the community.

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