Apart from petrol-diesel, CNG-PNG, milk-vegetable, now medicines are also reaching expensive prices. The prices of more than 800 essential medicines have also increased since April 1. These include paracetamol, antibiotics and all pain relievers. The government has already approved a 10 per cent hike in the prices of these drugs. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), which sets the prices of medicines in the country, had already agreed to increase the prices of these drugs. Under this, an increase of 10.7 percent has been approved in the wholesale price of these medicines. This has led to an increase in the wholesale price of about 800 medicines which are included in the list of essential medicines. In such a situation, the retail price of these medicines may also increase soon.
It is based on wholesale price data from the Office of the Economic Adviser, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Compared to 2020, it has seen a change of 10.7 percent as compared to 2021. This includes medicines for all diseases like fever, skin infections, blood pressure, heart disease. These include important pharmaceutical formulations such as Azithromycin, Ciprofloxacin, Hydrochloride, Metronidazole, Paracetamol, Phenobarbitone, Phenytoin Sodium. These include important pharmaceutical formulations such as Azithromycin, Ciprofloxacin, Hydrochloride, Metronidazole, Paracetamol, Phenobarbitone, Phenytoin Sodium. All the concerned departments and officials have been informed in this regard.
Opposition MPs in Rajya Sabha raised the issue of hike in drug prices during the recess. Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi raised the issue. “Petrol is expensive, diesel is expensive, cooking is expensive, food is expensive, now medicine is also expensive,” he said. Expensive pain medicine is also needed now. Priyanka has demanded relief from the government. CPM MP John Brittas also raised the issue of nearly 11 per cent hike in the prices of over 800 essential medicines in the Rajya Sabha and urged the government to bring it under control immediately.