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Skewed drug prices

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Last week National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) brought 42 non-scheduled anti-cancer drugs under government price control. As announced by the drug price regulator, the prices of 390 medicines containing one or more of the 42 drugs have been slashed by up to 87%, capping the trade margin at 30%. On the face of it, the translation of the move into action can curb large scale profiteering by chemists and drug wholesalers and will bring major relief to cancer patients stressed more by hefty treatment cost than the disease.

Speaking specifically in the context of J&K State, the cut in the prices of drugs that are used to treat different types of cancers is a shot in the arm of cancer patients. The state, according to an official data, has witnessed 87 per cent increase in cancer cases in 7 years. Most of the families while looking after cancer patients have been facing traumatic situation and the only thing that has been making it worst for most of them is managing the expenses of treatment of the illness.

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