Price Regulations: A 360 Degree Overview on its Impact on Availability & Accessibility

Price Regulations: A 360 Degree Overview on its Impact on Availability & Accessibility

Price Regulations: A 360 Degree Overview on its Impact on Availability & Accessibility

 

No.PR-192
February 22, 2017
New Delhi
 

“No Complaints about shortage of stents even on my whatsapp number which is public and I Congratulate the Industry for ensuring smooth supplies”, Shri Bhupendra Singh, Chairman, NPPA, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India.
 

PHD Chamber in association with Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of  Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India organized a seminar on 'Price Regulations: A 360 Degree Overview on its Impact on Availability & Accessibility on Tuesday, 21st February 2017, 9:45am, PHD House, New Delhi.
 

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Chairman, NPPA, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry     of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India was the Chief Guest at the inaugural session of the seminar. He said “No Complaints about shortage of stents even on my whatsapp number which is public and I congratulate the industry for ensuring smooth supplies.”
 

Mr. Singh further said that a comprehensive health policy in conjunction with the Pharma Industry needs to be worked out in conjunction with the Pharma Industry and expressed that higher govt spend on healthcare delivery is desirable but it itself cannot solve the problem of affordable healthcare for all.
 

He mentioned that NPPA also plays role in ensuring accessibility by rationalizing the prices of the drugs in the market
 

Mr. Anil Khaitan, Senior Vice President, PHD Chamber on this occasion said that IIM Ahmedabad has independently published a report highlighting that firms may exit a category under regulation due to low profit prospects and there was also a drop in R&D resulting in fewer new introductions of generic drugs and there has been reduced competitions since India expanded its list of priced-controlled medicines two years ago.
 

He added that many governments continue to intervene through some form of price regulations in the pharmaceuticals market. While in the US, the pharmaceuticals industry is highly unregulated, in Europe, the governments are actively involved in price regulation. The main argument in countries that favor price regulation is that neither the doctor nor the patients takes decisions based on the costs incurred. As these governments typically provide some form of universal healthcare, the government intervene in an attempt to reduce the healthcare expenses incurred.As a result of strict price regulation, pharmaceutical companies in the European Union attain lesser profits and stock returns, and invest lower R&D amounts compared to their US Counterparts as per Golec and Vernon 2010.
 

Mr. Nishant V. Berlia, Chairman, Health Committee, PHD Chamber shared that the overall market share of priced-controlled medicines in India has been declining across therapies, falling from 78% to 70% between 2007 and 2015 and after the price control order was expanded two years ago, the sales volume of price controlled medicines had a compounded annual growth rate of 5% compared with 8% for the same drugs prior to being added to the list in 2013.
 

The chamber also gave a copy of the Vision 2020 Document on medical device to Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Chairman, NPPA, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India, which was made by the chamber by getting all Pharma & Medical devices associations together on a simple platform.
 

Ends.

Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal
Consultant (PR)