Based on the recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GoM), National
Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy, 2012(NPPP-2012) which also contains
anti-cancer drugs was placed before the Cabinet. The Cabinet considered
NPPP-2012 in its meeting held on 22.11.2012 and approved the same with
certain modifications. Further action to notify NPPP-2012 has been
Besides formulating NPPP-2012, the Indian Patents Act as amended in 2005
contains provisions for issue of Compulsory License for patented drugs.
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion had informed that so far
one Compulsory license has been granted by the Controller General of
Patents, Designs and Trade Marks to a drug manufacturing company since
the amendment of the Patents Act in 2005 for an application filed under
Section 84 of the Patents Act (as amended in 2005). As per the orders of
the Controller of Patents, Mumbai compulsory license has been granted to
M/s Natco for manufacture of an anti-cancer drug “NEXAVAR”. M/s Natco
Pharma Ltd. are required to sell this drug at a price not exceeding Rs.
8880/- for a pack of 120 tablets, required for a month’s treatment which
was earlier being sold by M/s Bayer Corporation at Rs. 2,80,428/- for
one month treatment.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals and
Fertilisers, Shri Srikant Kumar Jena in a written reply in the Rajya