18 essential medicines, ORS, get pricier from today, 10%-12% hike likely in Kolkata | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: At least 18 essential drugs, which are part of our home medicine cabinet, including oral rehydration solution sachets and pain killers, will get pricier from Saturday.
They are likely to cost 10%-12% more with National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) changing price caps of 25 medicines.
The stock with the revised prices is likely to reach the Kolkata market in a month. “The prices will be effective from April 1. Manufacturers will take a month to send medicines with the new prices,” said Somnath Ghosh of Metro Pharma.
The price of clinidipine & telmisartan, taken for high BP, heart disorder and kidney ailments, is likely to increase by Rs 16 for a strip of 10 tablets. Dapagliflozin & metformin hydrochloride, used for patients with Type II diabetes, are likely to cost you Rs 20 more for a strip. Gliclazide & metformin hydrochloride is also likely to rise by Rs 13 a strip. A big sachet of ORS, which earlier cost Rs 19.84, will now come for Rs 22; a smaller pack will cost 50p more.
The ministry of chemicals and fertilisers had on March 27 issued a list of 25 medicines that had proposed retail price caps. Some of the medicines on the list had already seen price change. “There had been frequent change in medicine prices over the past 18-20 months. The proposed list includes drugs, like clinidipine and telmisartan, the rates of which had dipped earlier,” said Sajal Ganguly, secretary, Bengal Chemists’ and Druggists’ Association.
A source pointed out that the steep rise in the cost of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) or raw material had put pressure on manufacturers. All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) pointed out the increase in price, after the government’s announcement, was likely to be between 10% and 12%. “We follow the NPPA instructions. The price hike will help manufacturers compensate for the losses they faced from pricey API,” said Rajiv Singhal, general secretary of the AIOCD.

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