With their mobile app “Pharma sahi Daam” Customers can check medicine prices to see if it is on the Government’s list of price controlled drugs or not, get the generic or chemical names of the different medicines and even compare brands and prices before buying,

Instead of just authorities being tasked with monitoring medicine prices, the mobile phone app empowers customers to keep a check on prices keeping retailers and companies also on their toes.
The NPPA fixes and monitors medicine prices as outlined by the Drugs (Prices Control) Order (DPCO). Presently, all medicines on the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) are under price control.
In the past, the Government had attracted criticism on its over reliance for medicine price-related data from private data agencies. About 70 per cent of the manufacturers have submitted their data and the rest would follow suit.

The NPPA’s online initiative comes even as the Centre pushes for online transactions across different sectors and services, the most recent and high-profile one being the campaign to go cashless following the demonitisation drive.

On the healthcare front, the NPPA’s online effort comes even as greater clarity is awaited on e-pharmacies, where medicines are ordered and sold online or through mobile apps. Even as the NPPA’s own role attracts much discussion, its efforts over the last two-and-half years, have resulted in almost 900 drug formulations being brought under price control, a saving of about Rs. 5,000 crores to consumers conveyed by Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Ananth Kumar had said last year, while launching the app on NPPA’s Foundation Day.

Courtesy: NPPA


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