Gujarat FDCA forms cooperative society as per NPPA guidelines towards setting up drug price monitoring cell

Shardul Nautiyal, MumbaiTuesday, January 2, 2018, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) has formed a cooperative society as per National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) guidelines which will execute the financial modalities in setting up a drug price violation monitoring cell in the state. NPPA cell is a part of Central government’s mandate for effective oversight of ceiling price violation in the country.

NPPA has earmarked an amount of Rs. 67 lakh for all category A states in the country of which Rs. 7 lakh has been earmarked for infrastructure and equipment, Rs. 19 lakh for manpower, Rs. 24 lakh for training, Rs. 12 lakh for data collection and sampling and Rs. 5 lakh as contingency fund.

Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, etc fall under the category A states.

The formation of the society is done following submission of Utility Certificate (UC) by the state regulator with reference to funds sanctioned from NPPA for setting up the infrastructure for NPPA cell. An amount of Rs. 7 lakh was sanctioned for the purpose from the centre.

“Creation of a NPPA cell in the state will be expedited with the formation of the co-operative society as financial modalities will be done in a proper manner ,” informed Dr H G Koshia, Gujarat FDCA Commissioner.

Gujarat government has also formed a committee to oversee recruitment of manpower for the state NPPA cell for effective oversight of drug ceiling price violations.  A total of seven personnel including a scientific officer will be deputed for the purpose of collection of data on price violations in the state based on the much awaited financial support from the Central Government.

NPPA held a meeting with all the state drug controllers in 2015 in Delhi to set up price monitoring cells in all the states across the country. With the implementation of the plan, violations reported will be dealt timely with the help of the state NPPA cells in case they find any contravention to the provisions of Drug Price Control Order (DPCO).

The officials heading the cell will report their findings to the NPPA directly in case they find any pharma company violating the law by selling the drugs above the ceiling price. Under the proposed scheme, the cell is to be headed by one person along with a team of NPPA officials whose strength will vary as per the size of the pharma industry in the respective states.