35 Drugs Blacklisted in TN This Yr
By C Shivakumar | Published: 02nd February 2014 07:42 AM |
The State government has enhanced its quality checks and during the current financial year blacklisted 35 drugs and five companies without compromising on competitiveness and pricing of drugs.
Speaking to Express on the sidelines of Drug Pricing seminar, organised by the Consumers Association of India here on Saturday, MD of TN Medical Services Corporation (TNMSC) R Ratnoo said, plans were on to introduce new quality parameters like bio-equivalent and bio-availability certificates for drugs. TNMSC sources said, not all drugs will be covered under the new parameters. “It will focus only on certain selected drugs,” the sources added. Earlier during the seminar, Ratnoo highlighted that the government was spending `7,000 crore to provide quality drugs in government hospitals, yet people preferred private hospitals.
“This is mostly due to the improvement in the cost of living, besides mushrooming of private hospitals and medical colleges,” Ratnoo said.
Chairman of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority C P Singh highlighted the organisation’s role in regulating the prices of essential drugs. He said NPPA had asked state drug regulators to provide information on 108 drugs in order to fix the ceiling prices.