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Health ministry backs call for including all essential drugs under DPCO

Joseph Alexander, New Delhi
Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The growing outcry for including all essential medicines under the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) got a vital boost with the Health Ministry supporting the claim and urging the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) to consider the revision of DPCO.

“The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has already requested the Department of Pharmaceuticals, the administrative Department of the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO), 1995, to bring all medicines in the National List of Essential Medicines, 2011 within the purview of the price control of the DPCO,” sources said.

DPCO is a government order under Section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955, to control the prices of drugs. In the 70s, there were 347 drugs listed as essential life-saving medicines and were under the DPCO. The government admitted that more than 300 drugs were under DPCO in the early 1980s, which was subsequently reduced to 140 in 1987. At present, prices of only 74 bulk drugs and formulations are under the price control regime. Once a medicine is brought under DPCO, it cannot be sold at a price higher than that fixed by the government.

As the proposed pharmaceutical pricing policy was getting delayed uncertainly, there was an increasing demand from different quarters to the DoP to revise the DPCO and put all essential drugs under the DPCO. Medical representatives, chemists and a section of drug control officers have been demanding the inclusion of all essential drugs under the DPCO.

Out of the 348 drugs on the NLEM 2011, only 37 are currently under the DPCO. The 74 bulk drugs under DPCO is estimated just around 20 per cent of the market. Out of these 74 bulk drugs, nearly half are out of production as the manufacturers did not consider it to be financially feasible.


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Rohit sharma Oct 17, 2012 10:59 PM
plz send the list of drugs
ATUL VERMA Oct 17, 2012 6:04 PM
pls. send the list of dpco drug with name & prices on my id.

STALIN Oct 15, 2012 6:52 PM
pl send the list of proposed drugs under DPCO
jawed eqbal Oct 15, 2012 11:41 AM
it is good &heartening to note that a late yet correct decision is being taken for the betterment of the needy people.
sanjay verma Oct 15, 2012 8:31 AM

ROUSHAN KUMAR SINGH Oct 8, 2012 12:35 PM
plz. give the product details along with maximum MRP , comes under DPCO.
RANA RANJEET SINGH Oct 5, 2012 5:45 PM
please send the current drug list under DPCO,also proposed list of drug under DPCO.
FAIYAZ Oct 2, 2012 1:26 PM
please send me the current list of drugs under DPCO. also proposed list of drugs under DPCO
sudhir Oct 2, 2012 12:22 PM
what is the upper limit of mrp in malarial drug in dpco please mail
ATUL Sep 29, 2012 5:25 PM
please send me the current list of drugs under DPCO. also proposed list of drugs under DPCO.
shashi Sep 3, 2012 10:27 PM
this is very important for any DI
Vivek Hattangadi Aug 22, 2012 4:19 PM
Rather then this, time should be focused on ensuring that manufacturers stop producing substandard quality drugs.

See todays news more than one out three drugs manufactured in Maharashtra and Gujarat are substandard drugs.
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