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NPPA rejects IPA request for upward price revision of five per cent on all drugs

According to DEA analysis concluded that some spike in import prices of certain APIs have been witnessed in the post-COVID-19 period, but it does not validate the claim of IPA for a price increase  

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The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has dismissed a request by the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) to allow five per cent upward price revision for all drugs in the scheduled and non-scheduled category corresponding to increase in the prices of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) due to the COVID-19 situation.

Recently, a meeting of the authority (overall), under the DPCO 2013, was organised under the Chairmanship of Shubhra Singh, Chairman, NPPA. It was attended by Dr Vinod Kotwal, Member Secretary; A K, Saha, Adviser (Cost), O/o Chief Adviser (Cost), Department of Expenditure, A Srija, Economic Advisor, Department of Economic Affairs, Dr V G Somani, DCG(I), A K Pradhan, Deputy Drug Controller, CDSCO, along with the NPPA  officers namely; N I Chowdhury, Advisor,
S S Ojha, Joint Director-Pricing, Manjesh Porwal, Deputy Director – Monitoring and Evaluation, Prasenjit Das, Assistant Director-Pricing and Alok Ranjan, Assistant Director- Medical Devices.

One of the things in the agenda of the meeting was to deliberate on the IPA representation and during