Pharmaceutical Industry India's Pharma Policy To Enter Home Stretch

Editor: Dominik Stephan

With the final draft of its national pharma policy about to be placed fro ministerial approval, the Indian pharmaceutical industry awaits a decission within the next weeks.

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(Picture: Elder Pharma)
(Picture: Elder Pharma)

Mumbai/India – The Ministry of chemicals and fertilisers is about to put the final draft of National Pharmaceutical Policy before the group of ministers (GoM). The ministry has promised to Supreme Court to complete this work in three weeks in a hearing on a suit filed by All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN).

Under current policy, the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) prepared by the health ministry includes 348 drugs, while prices of only 37 of them are controlled by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority.

The GoM is headed by Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture.