NPPA Sets Prices for 100 Drugs Including Diabetes, Cholesterol, Fever, and Infection Medications

By Lokmat English Desk | Published: February 29, 2024 03:18 PM2024-02-29T15:18:02+5:302024-02-29T15:18:02+5:30


The Modi government announced a notable reduction in the prices of medications essential for diabetes, body aches, fever, heart conditions, joint pain oil, and infections. This decision aimed to alleviate the financial burden on the general public. Now, further initiatives are being undertaken to extend additional relief to patients and their families.

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has taken a significant step to curb the black market for medicines by setting prices for 69 formulations. In a recent notification, the NPPA announced reductions in the prices of medications for diabetes, pain relief, fever management, heart conditions, and joint pain. Additionally, approval has been granted for four special feature products as part of this initiative.

NPPA has established the retail prices for 69 new formulations and set ceilings for 31 others. This list encompasses a variety of medications, ranging from anti-toxins to treatments for cholesterol, diabetes, body aches, fever, infections, hypertension, calcium deficiencies, vitamin D3 deficiencies, and antibiotics specifically designed for children.

According to a recent government notification, the revised rates will be applicable to the new packaging of the medications. Additionally, the dealer network is mandated to disseminate information regarding the updated prices to consumers. Moreover, companies are permitted to collect Goods and Services Tax (GST) solely based on the fixed price, provided they have already paid the tax themselves.

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, drug prices and medical expenses in the country surged, more than doubling in many cases. In response to this concerning trend, the government took action to mitigate the impact by deciding to reduce drug prices in early February.

Amidst the prevailing circumstances, the second reduction in medicine prices within a month undoubtedly provides significant relief to the general populace. Following the budget announcement, the government's decision to alleviate the financial burden on patients and their families has been well-received. Moreover, diabetic patients have received positive news regarding their medication costs, further enhancing the overall sense of relief and well-being.

To ease the burden on the general public, the central government recently implemented a substantial reduction in the prices of medications essential for diabetes, body pain, fever, heart conditions, joint pain relief oil, and infections. Additionally, the regulatory agency approved four special feature products, further contributing to the relief effort.