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Indian Syringes & Needle Manufacturers Seek Price Cap & Inclusion in NLEM

Price limit on syringes & needle would curb unethical practices in healthcare delivery

Indian Syringes & Needle Manufacturers have urged the government to impose a price cap to stop the exploitation of patients by hospitals. The price limit on needle and syringe would curb unethical practices in the medical field and overcharge of these products by hospitals.

“We want a level-playing field. Hospitals need not sell at the MRP and are free to sell under the Max Retail Price but Doctors have been blaming us (manufacturers) for labeling products with high MRP. With Price Caps or Cap on Trade Margins ,our endeavor is to make the hospitals focus on making the procurement decision on the quality of the Medical Devices and their buying price for cost minimization rather than current skewed market where hospitals focus on Margins to be made on Higher MRPs and tend to seek profit maximisation . This has taken away the motivation of hospitals to be cost competitive and patients feel exploited leading to a trust deficit” said Rajiv Nath, President, All India Syringes and Needles Manufacturers Association (AiSNMA).

Healthcare and pharma Industry usually shies from Regulations however in an unusual move the Syringes & Needle manufacturers have written to Chairman of NLEM (National List of Essential Medicine) Committee  to include all types of syringes & needles in NLEM …

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