Govt to bring major changes in Drug Pricing Control Order

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BENGALURU: The government will bring in major changes in the Drug Pricing Control Order (DPCO) and come out with a new pharma policy to implement “Namocare” across the country, Union Minister Ananth Kumar said on Thursday.
Addressing the inaugural session of the India Pharma and Medical Device conclave here, the chemicals and fertilisers minister also reiterated the need for a separate Ministry for Pharma and Medical Devices.

“We will have major reforms in DPCO, that I am going to assure. We need to have reforms in DPCO. We need to come out with a new pharma policy,” Kumar said.

To implement new pharma policy if there is no new DPCO, “I don’t think how can we implement Namocare of such gigantic proportions,” he added.

Kumar also said the country needs a separate ministry of Pharma and Medical Devices. “I have been pursuing this. My ministry is pursuing this with the Prime Minister.”

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