New Delhi, July 2016: Government has brought two varieties of stents – used to treat cardiovascular disorders – under the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), and as a result, prices will drop dramatically with immediate effect.

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority is expected to announce the revised prices for drug-eluting stents and bare metal stents – the two varieties which are on the NLEM list.

National Interventional Council (NIC) data for 2015 shows that the number of stent procedures in India trebled over the last five years. At present, stents are largely sold by multinational corporations and their cost is prohibitive.

Drug eluting stents, used in 95% cases, cost between Rs 23,625 to Rs 1,50,000 in private hospitals. In government hospitals the same stents can be got within Rs 60,000.

Once an item is brought on the NLEM, even private hospitals cannot charge anything beyond the notified price, a Government official said.


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