The price of about 800 medicines will be affected
According to a report in the Economic Times, the price hike will affect the retail prices of around 800 drugs on the National List of Essential Medicines. Increase in drug prices will affect people’s budget. Because of this, almost all essential medicines including ORS and disinfectant medicines are included for Covid management.
Which drugs will be more expensive?
Covid Management Medicines
TB medicine: amikacin, bedaquiline, clarithromycin etc
Antifungal : Clotrimazole, Fluconazole, Mupirocin, Nystatin, Terbinafine etc.
Antiviral drugs: Acyclovir, Valganiclovir etc.
HIV drugs: abacavir, lamivudine, zidovudine, efavirenz, nevirapine, raltegravir, dolutegravir, ritonavir etc.
Gastric medicines: ORS, lactulose, bisacodyl etc
Hormones, other endocrine medicines and contraceptives
Vaccines: Hepatitis B, DPT vaccine, Japanese encephalitis vaccine, measles vaccine, rabies vaccine, etc.
Ophthalmological drugs, oxytocics and antioxytocics
Medications to treat mental disorders
Respiratory disorders Medicines, vitamins
Malaria drugs: Artesunate, Artemether, Chloroquine, Clindamycin, Quinine, Primaquine etc.
Drugs for cancer treatment: 5-Fluorouracil, Actinomycin D, All-trans reanoic acid, Arsenic trioxide, Calcium folinate etc.
Anemia medicines: folic acid, iron sucrose, hydroxycobalamin etc.
Cardiovascular drugs Dilitazem, Metoprolol, Digoxin, Verapramil, Amlodipine, Ramipril, Telmisartan etc.
Antiseptics/Disinfectants Chlorhexidine, Ethyl Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Povidine Iodine, Potassium Permanganate
Also Read: People Taking Indiscriminate Antibiotics Beware, Avoid Many Serious Problems, Don’t Endanger Your Life
Government’s crackdown on pharmaceutical companies
It may be mentioned here that the Central Government recently took strict action against the drug manufacturers through the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). The government canceled the licenses of 18 pharmaceutical companies for manufacturing counterfeit drugs after investigating 76 companies in 20 states. Apart from this, show cause notices were issued to 26 other companies.
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