Does India need a new pharmaceutical policy? Examining the implications of the drug price control order

Rupali Kumar, Mahika Milind Joshi, Rajat Jagdish Palod, Sreedhar Dharmagadda

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Objectives: This article aims to analyse the impact of the pharmaceutical policy on the availability, accessibility and affordability of medicines to the Indian populace. The article delves into the shortcomings of the Drug Price Control Order 2013 and highlights its real-world implications. Methods: Published literature in the form of scientific articles on the proposed reforms that took place in the pharmaceutical policy was reviewed. The study used the memorandums, laws and government decisions published by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority|National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authorities. Results: The pharmaceutical policy in India underwent several changes during 2013–2020 to enhance the affordability and accessibility of drugs. The stringent policy hampered innovation due to the lack of profitability to the Multinational Companies. Moreover, it was found that the impact of the price control order on the low-cost local generic manufacturers affected much of the country's price-sensitive population. Conclusion: The pharmaceutical policy of India needs to be amended to extend its benefit to its stakeholders. The government should shift its attention to improving the quality of drugs, increasing competition amongst manufacturers and enhancing the accessibility of medicines through state/centre sponsored initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3028-3038
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Health Planning and Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 11-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy


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