Minister of State for
Chemicals & Fertilizers, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri
Mansukh L. Mandaviya, while giving a written reply to a question in Lok
Sabha today, said that the National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority (NPPA),
under Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, has directed hospitals to
issue detailed bills to the patients, specifically and separately
mentioning the cost of the Coronary Stents, along with the brand name of
the manufacturer and importer, batch number and other details.
Shri Mandaviya informed that non-compliance thereof will be treated as
deliberate distortion of evidence along with charges of overpricing
inviting prosecution under the Essential Commodities Act. The Minister
said that the Government, through NPPA, is closely monitoring the
situation and has alerted the State Governments and State Drugs
Controllers to monitor the availability of stents. Industry has also
been apprised that all manufactures and importers are under legal
obligation to maintain smooth production and supply of coronary stents
of all brands which were available in the country before price cap, he
All State Governments and State Drug Controllers have been advised to
exercise the power of entry, search and seizure as per Para 30 of Drugs
Price Control Order (DPCO), 2013 if manufacturers, importers or
distributors try to create artificial shortage of stents. Government has
had two rounds of discussions with the Stent companies, which in turn
have promised required level of availability.
Further, Shri Mandaviya informed that aggrieved persons may send
verifiable information and complaints regarding this on NPPA Help Line
No. 1800111255 or through online complaint mechanism Pharma Jan Samadhan.
NPPA notified the ceiling price of Coronary Stents on 13th February 2017
at Rs. 7,260 for Bare Metal Stent (BMS) and Rs. 29,600 for Drug Eluting
Stents (DES) including metallic DES and Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold
(BVS)/ Biodegradable Stents. The average MRP before this notification
was Rs. 45,100 for BMS and Rs. 1,21,400 for DES. Price regulation has
brought down the prices of stents of BMS by 74% and of DES by 85%.