Paracetamol, Azithromycin, other essential medicines to cost 10% higher from April 10 | Details

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From April 10, prices of paracetamol, azithromycin, and other essential medicines will increase by 10%. Details

Highlights

  • The price of essential medicines including painkillers, antibiotics, anti-infectives will increase by 10%.
  • Paracetamol, azithromycin, are among the drugs used to treat infections that will increase in price.
  • The price change will start from April 10.

Prices of essential medicines including painkillers, antibiotics, anti-infectives will increase by 10 per cent from April, read an official statement issued by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, the drug pricing authority of India.

According to the change in the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) of the calendar year 2021, the price of about 800 prescribed drugs will be higher in the National List of Needed Drugs (NLEM).

Antibiotics such as paracetamol, azithromycin, used to treat bacterial infections, anti-anemia, vitamins and minerals are some of the drugs listed in the NLEM’s drug list.

The NPPA said in a statement, “Based on WPI data provided by the Office of the Economic Adviser to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the annual change in WPI in the 2021 calendar year compared to the corresponding period of 2020 is 10.76607%.”

“This has been brought to the notice of all concerned for further action under the provisions of the Drugs (Price Control) Order, 2013,” the order added.

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