Generic drugs to be made available at fixed govt rate in Punjab

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The Punjab Government has decided that essential and generic drugs will be available in Punjab only at rates fixed by the government, PTI reported.

As per PTI report, the state health minister has asked the drug inspectors and chemists to ensure the availability of essential and generic drugs only at the rates fixed by the government.

The Punjab Government has taken various steps to improve health services and check the ever increasing prices of the generic medicines. The government has directed the chemists to make the essential medicines available according to the guidelines of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) which has recently issued notification fixing the uniform prices of the generic and essential medicines across the country.

As per the latest guidelines, the prices of the medicines will be reduced upto 50 per cent.

The government has also asked the drug inspectors to conduct surprise checks on drug retailers and wholesalers to ensure the accessibility of essential medicines according to the laid down guidelines of the NPPA.

Story first published: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 23:00 [IST]
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