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State government to urge Centre to cut rising cost of medicines

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The Punjab administration will shortly send a letter to the Union requesting that the pricing of non-scheduled medications be reduced.

According to a resolution made at a meeting chaired by Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan, the Punjab administration would shortly submit a letter to the Government to bring the costs of non-scheduled medications under control.

According to an official statement, the action is intended to prevent the people from being duped by high drug prices. Sandhwan remarked that medicine price fixing is the central government concern and “licenced theft of patients has been legalised in the existing system”.

At the conference, MLAs, health experts, physicians, and representatives from several NGOs discussed the real and maximum retail pricing of drugs, demonstrating a price disparity of up to 90% with proof.

Commenting on the subject, Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh stated that while the costs of 388 designated life-saving prescriptions are under control, there is a significant disparity in the pricing of thousands of non-scheduled medicines, resulting in significant exploitation of patients. He stated that the pharmaceutical research industry is motivated by profit.

The Bhagwant Mann-led administration is ensuring that pharmaceuticals are properly regulated in the state, adding that approximately 100 tests are performed free of charge in ‘Aam Aadmi Clinics,’ and medicines are also distributed free of charge. He stated that the number of ‘Jan Aushadhi’ centres in the state will be raised, as will the testing procedure for ethical and generic medications.

Local Government Minister Inderbir Singh Nijjar stated a legislation should be passed “to limit the tendency being pursued by the pharmaceutical firms to remove their medications off the scheduled list of the Union government by making small adjustments in the salt of the drug”.

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