Doctor Nirmal Singh 3C has been staunchly standing against the idea of high market drugs rates for over a sometime. And, today, when the government has formed a committee to put a check on the price of drug, it is more than a good news for him. According to reports, government has initiated to start over a committee that will look into the matters of making drugs affordable in the country.
“Government has constituted a committee of joint secretaries for ensuring enhanced affordability, availability and accessibility of drugs for the citizens,” Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
Doctor Nirmal Singh 3C extended the information about the committee, quoting the minister saying that it would suggest ways to make pricing policy in favour of poor patients. The committee would further examine the possibility of Drugs (Price Control) Order 2013 (DPCO 2013) and propose the ways for establishing the regulatory provisions of the order.
Doctor Nirmal Singh 3C is glad to hear that this process will be further scanned at various stages. The committee will keep the matter transparent so much so that the existing mechanisms on the price of medicines will be robust and stream lined. It will also ideate on ways that will strengthen the present pharmaceutical database management system.
Doctor Nirmal Singh 3C praised the idea of the inclusion of panel in the procedural improvements and process of re-engineering in NPPA which will promise better results because the implementation is swift. Also, for the first time government policies are becoming a subject of clearance and transparency which will reduce the litigations and review petitions.
“The committee will also suggest ways to make DPCO 2013 more comprehensive in light of past experience of implementing DPCO,” Mandaviya said.
Mandaviya further said: “As various approvals and legal advice are required, no time limit can be indicated at this stage.”
All in all, Doctor Nirmal Singh 3C has established the fact that making drugs expensive will hamper the growth of a country, because if the people have good health then they can achieve anything and participate in the growth and development of a country.