of unbranded drugs sold directly through chemists could
dip by 50-60 per cent, starting October 2, reports CNBC-TV18.
because the pharma industry has, in principle, agreed
to reduce wholesale margins to 15 per cent, and retail
margins to 35 per cent. Minister of chemicals and fertilizers
minister Ram Vilas Paswan says the government will soon
issue a notification on the matter.
and government continue to differ over drug price control.
Paswan says a 14-member committee has been set up to find
a middle path. The committee will look into five issues,
including public-private-partnerships to make drugs available
at reasonable prices, and simultaneously ensure that the
industry is not hurt.
says, "We want industry to grow but at the same time,
we want to fulfill promises in giving free medical aid
to the poor. We have to balance industry interests with