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Cipla remains top deafulter in NPPA list

Joe C Mathew  |  New Delhi 

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority's (NPPA) record of recovering extra amounts charged by pharmaceutical companies, over and above the government-fixed maximum retail price of select drugs, continues to be abysmal. Thanks to an it has with drug major Ltd.

About 65 per cent (Rs 1,555 crore) of the total overcharged amount of Rs 2,357 crore, demanded by from drug so far, has to be recovered from alone. The amount includes the unpaid amount and interest component added up to July 31.

The figures are higher than Rs 1,230.28 crore, the amount disclosed by as the aggregate demand (inclusive of interest) sought by the medicine price regulator from the company. This is part of the company's quarterly disclosures to the stock exchanges, and is based on the demand notices issued by for the July 1995 – April 2009 period.

had stated that it has been contesting the demand notices issued by since 2003 in various courts. The matter had reached the Supreme Court from where it was re-directed to the Bombay High Court for interpreting the on the basis of the directions and principles laid down by the court. It had also restrained the government from taking coercive action against

There are 15 separate demand notices issued by against for alleged overcharging of drugs such as Ciprofloxacin, Salbutamol, and

Most of the leading firms such as Pfizer, Cadila, Dr Reddys’, etc also figure in the list of that were served notices for recovering overcharged amounts.

has so far issued 812 price recovery notices to over 200 drug firms during the last 14 years. In nearly 600 cases, the have complied with the directives and cleared their dues. The agency recovered Rs 211 crore till July 31.

First Published: Fri, August 19 2011. 00:32 IST