Mr. Dipak Chatterjee
Secretary (Chemicals & Petrochemicals)
Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
Government of India
11th January' 1999
The basic objective of establishing a new organisation viz., the NPPA as a body of experts was to ensure greater degree of objectivity, transparency and speed. I am glad that the NPPA, during the last about one and half years is performing the functions assigned to it very well. I understand that there are no pending applications for more than two months for formulation pricing, which is the time limit allowed in the DPCO, 1995 for disposing of such applications. The bulk drug pricing is also moving with the desired speed as a large number of studies on bulk drug pricing are in progress, apart from having fixed/revised the prices of 15 bulk drugs so far. During this period, the government has also reviewed some of the decisions of NPPA as and when such applications were received from the industry, as provided in the DPCO. I am happy to note that the desired objectivity has been maintained and government had upheld the NPPA's decisions. The NPPA is also making efforts for enforcing the prices fixed with a view to reaching the benefits to the consumers.
Web-Site, apart from including the Drug Policy and DPCO,
also provides important information pertaining to
production data, prices fixed by the government and
exemption orders, list of notified norms for the purpose
of pricing of formulations etc. This facility in the NPPA
will contribute to the transparency, apart from being an
important step towards ensuring right to information.
I wish that the Web-Site developed by the NPPA expands the coverage and becomes a reference Web-Site for the matters relating to the pricing, enforcement, essential drugs, National Health Programme, drugs, Recommendations made by various Committees on the drug sector and major court judgements on the drug pricing and policy.
I convey my best wishes to the viewers.
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