13 May, 2021

A Kerala Cure For Healthcare Con

Patients and kin may be in for some relief as state-level price monitoring of medical devices and drugs kicks in

A Kerala Cure For Healthcare Con

From being dependent on data supplied by manufacturers or complaints from patients or their aggrieved families, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Autho­­r­ity (NPPA) is soon expected to have more eyes and ears on the ground. Several states led by Kerala are taking steps to better serve the regulatory aut­hority. By the end of February or early March, Kerala exp­ects to have its price monitoring and research unit (PMRU) in operation.

“The NPPA had wanted every state to have a monitoring unit; now they want it to be done through a registered society,” says Ravi S. Menon, Kerala’s state drugs controller. “By early next month, once the hiring of staff and other infrastructure issues have been dealt with, Kerala hopes to have its registered society in operation.” To be headed by the state health secretary, the society will have representatives from the pharmaceutical industry and consumer rights groups, besides government officials, including the drugs controller, who will head the executive committee.

The PMRU will...

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