Centre will not take decision that will raise drug price: Modi
NEW DELHI: The Central Government will not take any
decision that would effect a rise in the price of drugs, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi told Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday.
Modi gave this assurance to a Kerala ministerial
delegation headed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy which shared with him “apprehensions”
that the cost of medicines required for treatment of diseases like cancer, HIV,
TB, malaria and diabetes is likely to shoot up.
“There is an apprehension in the country that the
prices of essential medicines will shoot up...When we informed this to the
Prime Minister, he assured us that no decision would be taken by his government
which will pave way for price rise of drugs.
“He has assured us that the Central government will
not create a situation for that,” Chandy told reporters here. Kerala Health
Minister VS Sivakumar, who was part of the delegation, said when they raised
the issue, Modi asked him whether the prices of medicines have gone up.
“I said no. He assured us that it will not happen,”
He said the delegation urged the Prime Minister to
intervene in the matter and issue orders to the effect that the National Pharmaceutical
Pricing Authority (NPPA) internal guidelines issued on May 5, this year and the
subsequent order fixing the MRP of 108 drugs by NPPA be restored making it
easier for poor patients to access these medicines without much burden.
Congress has targeted Modi for withdrawing the order
which empowered drug pricing authority to cap prices of non-essential drugs
ahead of his US visit and during his visit deciding to set up in collaboration
with the US a high-level working group on intellectual property to sort out
issues hampering investments.