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Maintain supply of knee implants, govt tells firms

Maintain supply of knee implants, govt tells firms
The government on tuesday made it manadatory for knee implant manufactures and importers to maintain production and supply of knee implants by invoking an emergency clause under the derug price control law.
The department of pharmeuticals (DoP) under the ministry of chemicals and fertilizers invoked powers under the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013, to mandate firms to continue the saler iof knee implants without interruption, following the recent price capping on knee impants. DoP, in its order posted on its websitre on Tuesday, directed firms to submit a weekly report on "distributuion and "production"of knee implant systems.

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) had in August reduced the average price for knee impant by as mych as 69%.According to notification issued by the price regulator, the most widely used complete knee implant (Cobalt Chromium) now costs Rs 54,720 plus GST, gainst Rs 1.58 lakh earlier.
NPPA also capped the price of a second surgery to Rs 1.3 lakh against Rs 2.76 lajkh earlier. Prices of Specil metals such as Titanium and Oxidised Ziorconium were also capped at Rs 76,600 (prices of these were not capped earlier: they used to cost Rs 2.49 lakh). The government has asked manufacturers to maintain production important supply of Orthopedic knee implant system that existed before august then the price caps weere announced under section 3 (i) of DPCO, 2013 The government can regulate distribution in direct any manufacturer tidays production and sale products to institution hospitals or any agency may be in case of emergency or in circumstances urgencfy or in case of non-commercial use of public interest

With the view to acheive adequate availability and regulate distribvution of drug in case of emergency or in circumstances of urgency or in caswe of non-commercuia use in public interestdirect any manufacturer of any active farmer suitable ingredient or drug or formulation to increse production into direct formulaters to serve the formulation to institutions,hospitals or any agency,"Dop said in its order .

Additionally,the companies are also directed to furnish the production figures from 2015 to 2017-2018. The move will ensure uninterrupted supply of knee implant by the manufacturers and importer.NPPA can take action against the company in case it receives any complaint of shortage or the company is charging a higher price ," said an official requesting anonymity.

The Mint, New Delhi, 27th September 2017

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