D. V. Sadanand Gowda, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, congratulated National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority on its 23rd Foundation Day. He recognized the crucial role that it has played during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) and Union Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilizers tweeted to appreciate the control on prices of essential medicines by the NPPA.
Gowda and Mandaviya both praised the Authority for tirelessly working toward a healthy nation ensuring the availability and accessibility of lifesaving drugs at reasonable prices.
Dr. P.D. Vaghela, Secretary at the Department of Pharmaceuticals, noted that the National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority has set up Price Monitoring and Research Units for strengthening public awareness in 13 States/Union Territories recently. He underlined the Authority’s contribution to help various Ministries/Departments of Government of India make decisions for policy formulation and implementation.
Shubhra Singh, Chairman at National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority, highlighted that the Authority strives to balance consumers and the pharmaceutical industry’s interests as per the ambit of the Drug Price Control Order. She lauded the NPPA for the numerous works done during 23 years of its existence. The list of these works included the more recent trade margin rationalization of anti-cancer drugs that resulted in substantial annual savings to consumers nationwide. She specifically noted the authority’s round-the-clock contribution in promptly resolving citizens, manufacturers, and marketers’ issues.
National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority was set up as an independent regulator on 29 August 1997 for medicines’ pricing and to avail the access to medicines at affordable prices. The Authority is using digital technology to discharge its functions. It is propelling the Digital India campaign by providing online resources to people. These resources serve to cut the costs of medicines, help people resolve their problems, and offer a collection of information.