As Additional Solicitor General Siddhartha Luthra sought more time so that the government could complete the procedure for notifying the NLEM
, the court referred to its Feb 2 order which said that the petition by the All India Drug Action Network, a network of not-for-profit civil society organisations, was pending for the last nine years.
The government should also expedite the process of notifying the ceiling prices of the remaining medicines in NLEM
Under the provisions of DPCO 2013, the prices of scheduled formulations, which are based on NLEM
issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, are required to be fixed based on market- based data and not on the basis of manufacturing cost of the medicines," Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Nihal Chand said in the Rajya Sabha.
Out of total NLEM
drugs, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has already notified the ceiling prices in respect of 387 medicines upto November, 2013, the minister added.
Many medicines such as the anti- infection agent amikacin and antibiotic cycloserine, which are included in the World Health Organization's essential medicines list, are not included in NLEM