National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) was established through a Government of India Resolution dated 29th August, 1997 as an independent body of experts for price control of essential and life-saving medicines.
Role of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority
To implement and enforce the provisions of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order in accordance with the powers delegated to it.
To deal with all legal matters arising out of the decisions of the Authority.
To monitor the availability of drugs, identify shortages, if any, and take remedial steps.
To collect/ maintain data on production, exports, and imports, market share of individual companies, the profitability of companies, etc., for bulk drugs and formulations.
To undertake and/ or sponsor relevant studies in respect of pricing of drugs/ pharmaceuticals.
To recruit/ appoint the officers and other staff members of the Authority, as per rules and procedures laid down by the Government.
To render advice to the Central Government on changes/ revisions in the drug policy.
To render assistance to the Central Government in parliamentary matters relating to drug pricing.
NPPA is taking initiatives to ensure access to affordable medicines and has Requested for Proposal (RFP) for conducting the study entitled “To study the drug pricing policies of different countries/ region and lessons learnt from these countries/ regions in terms of access to medicine at affordable prices.”
The reason & objective is
To understand the drug pricing methodology adopted in the international market
To understand the lessons learnt/ best practices from various countries/regions in terms of availability and affordability of medicine.
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