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Maha proposes addition of 18 medical tools/equipments to price

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The government has submitted a report to the Union Ministry, seeking addition of 18 medical tools or equipments in the Drug Price Control Orders (DPCO), an said here.

The last year capped the prices of cardiac stents.

The list submitted by the state includes catheters, orthopaedic implants, stents, lenses, disposable syringes, IV fluid sets and urine bags among other things, said an of the state Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Ministry has approved the recommendations in principle, the said.

FDA claimed that Union too is supportive of the proposal.

"We have been in contact with Union J P Nadda. He is positive about the need to control the prices of these 18 medical equipments," Bapat said.

"Some experts in the medical field have raised objections (to the plan), but controlling prices for patients is the primary goal of our government," he said.

Health activist Dr Arun Gadre, who is a member of the Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare, welcomed the step.

"It was a good start to cap the prices of cardiac stents. Same rule and bar should be applicable to other medical apparatuses and the government should demonstrate its will to control the prices of such apparatuses and equipment," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 10 2018. 23:10 IST