Soon: 12 more medical devices to be capped?

Soon, The cost of medical equipment for heart, cancer and eye surgery will be reduced. To enable the patients to procure medical devices at an affordable rate, the state has demanded the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to include these in the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM). The NPPA is positively thinking on the government's demand, informed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials

 

- Maha, first state in the country to include medical devices in the NLEM

  • Since, these medical devices are being sold at an extra rate without MRP, patients are subjected to additional financial burden. Owing to which, Girish Bapat, Cabinet Minister for Food and Drugs Administration and Girish Mahajan, Minister of Medical Education has put forth their demand to the centre.
  • On January 20, a meeting was conducted between the FDA and the NPPA officials.
  • A positive discussion took place about the pricing of the medical equipment in the meeting.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Amrut Nikhade, joint commissioner (drugs), FDA, said, “In the state, hospitals reuse the  materials  used for heart surgeries. And the price of intraocular lenses and stents is high. The state government had made a permanent arbitration to curb the unethical practices. Accordingly, in the meeting on   January 20, and the FDA has once again requested to fix the price of the medical devices.

The government has decided to fix the cost of the heart surgery equipments. For this, the government has decided to include 12 medical devices required for cardiac surgery in the national list of essential medicines. Devices like intraocular lenses, catheter, etc. will be included in the list of essential medicines (NLEM). Maharashtra will be the first state in the country to include medical devices in the NLEM.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Arjun Khadtare, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), joint commissioner (drugs) said, “The NPPA has agreed to reduce prices of medical equipment such as stent, catheter etc. to fix the cost for the benefit of the patients. After the discussion, the  NPPA chairman showed an optimistic approach  and said that a decision will soon be taken regarding this.”

Recently, in a reply to the question asked in the assembly, Girish Bapat, Cabinet Minister for Food and Drugs Administration explained, “Maharashtra will be the first state to include 12 medical devices required for cardiac surgery in the national list of essential medicines (NLEM). With regard to this, the centre’s law will come into force on 1 January 2018. This law will ensure that the poor and general patients are not being cheated by the hospitals.”