COVID-19: NPPA sets up drug price monitoring, resource unit in J-K

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News:The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has set up price monitoring and resource unit (PMRU) in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Facts:

  • PMRU is a registered society which functions under the direct control and supervision of State Drug Controllers.
  • Funding: By the NPPA.
  • Functions: 
    • Help the NPPA and the State Drug Controller in ensuring availability and accessibility of medicines at affordable prices
    • Collect and analyse data and make reports with respect to availability and over-pricing of medicines.
    • Organise seminars, training programs and communication activities in the areas of availability and affordability of medicines

Additional Facts:

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority

  • It is an independent body set up in 1997 under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
  • Its mandate is to fix/revise controlled bulk drugs prices and formulations, enforce prices and availability of medicines under the Drug(Price Control) order, 2013.