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Remdesivir sells at 10x costs, NPPA unable to manage as it isn’t notified as a ‘drug’ – Home Health Choices

NEW DELHI: India has not set a worth for anti-viral remdesivir as a result of it has been permitted solely as an experimental remedy for Covid-19, leaving the sector open for black entrepreneurs, who’re stated to be promoting the drug for as a lot as 10 occasions the precise worth.

The Drug Controller General of India stated in June that remdesivir could possibly be included within the scientific administration protocol for Covid-19 as an experimental remedy for restricted emergency use on sufferers.

According to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, remdesivir has not been notified as a drug and therefore it can’t regulate the value of some of the costly Covid-19 therapies in India.

The NPPA can solely management costs of gadgets and merchandise which are outlined as medication beneath the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. A product or gadget that isn’t notified as a drug goes out of the NPPA’s purview, folks conscious of the matter informed ET.

In the case of stents and orthopaedic implants too, the federal government needed to notify them as medication to carry them beneath worth regulation.

The DCGI stated remdesivir can’t be introduced throughout the ambit of a drug as but.

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