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  • 28 October, 2021

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National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)

About NPPA (National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority)

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is a government regulatory agency that controls the prices of pharmaceutical drugs in India.

NPPA (National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority) was constituted vide Government of India Resolution dated 29th August 1997 as an attached office of the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers as an independent Regulator for pricing of drugs and to ensure availability and accessibility of medicines at affordable prices.

Functions of NPPA (National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority)

  • To implement and enforce the provisions of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order in accordance with the powers delegated to it.

  • To deal with all legal matters arising out of the decisions of the Authority.
  • To monitor the availability of drugs, identify shortages, if any, and take remedial steps.
  • To collect/ maintain data on production, exports, and imports, market share of individual companies, the profitability of companies, etc, for bulk drugs and formulations.
  • To undertake and/ or sponsor relevant studies in respect of pricing of drugs/ pharmaceuticals.
  • To recruit/ appoint the officers and other staff members of the Authority, as per rules and procedures laid down by the Government.
  • To render advice to the Central Government on changes/ revisions in the drug policy.
  • To render assistance to the Central Government in parliamentary matters relating to drug pricing.

Source: PIB


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