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20th August, 2017
Govt. move to fix ceiling prices of knee implants: The need of the hour
 
Dr KK Aggarwal
Early this week, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) fixed and notified the ceiling prices (inclusive of trade margins) of orthopedic implants used in knee surgeries, both primary knee replacement surgery as well as revision surgery, under para 19 of Drugs (prices control) order (DPCO 2013) with immediate effect. 
 
In 2005, orthopaedic implants were notified as 'drugs' by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare vide its S.O. 1468 dated 6th October 2005. Consequent to this, Drug (Prices Control) Order (DPCO) 2013 became applicable to these implants, which also came under the purview of the NPPA, which is mandated to monitor the prices of all notified drugs including notified devices. 
 
An estimated 1.5 to 2 crores patients require arthroplasty; however, out of these which only about 1 lakh plus well off patients are in a position to pay for it every year because of the very high cost of orthopedic implants (NPPA Notification, August 16, 2017).
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  • This is only possible if there is community participation in the efforts made by the government
New Delhi, 19 August 2017: Statistics indicate that mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent in more than 100 countries. Mosquitoes infect about 300 to 500 million people, causing 1 million deaths every year around the world. More than 40 million people suffer from mosquito-borne diseases annually in India alone. 
 
According to the IMA, on World Mosquito Day, the need of the hour is to take collective action to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes, both on a larger scale and at an individual level.
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