Government hikes import duty on medical devices

The Customs Department has vide a notification dated 19th January, 2016 raised the import duty from the current 5% to 7.5% on goods required for medical, surgical, dental or veterinary use. (more…)

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Drug Companies to shell out a lot more after hike in regulatory fees

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has vide a draft Gazette notification dated 29th December, 2015 proposed a multi-fold hike in fees for product registrations, manufacturing and product licenses and clinical trials for drug companies. The hike in the regulatory fees is likely to impact both domestic as well as multinational pharmaceutical companies operating here.  (more…)

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106 Drugs added to essential medical list

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has vide a notification dated 23rd December, 2015 accepted & adopted with immediate effect the National List of Essential Medicines (“NLEM”), 2015 prepared by the core committee constituted by the Health Ministry. The core committee was setup for reviewing & revising the NLEM, 2011 which submitted its report to the Government on 9th December, 2015. (more…)

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Launch of online licensing system ‘SUGAM’

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (“CDSCO”), Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of India has vide an Office Order dated 18th November, 2015 initiated the process of implementation of e-Governance with respect to licensing system under the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 & Rules, 1945 made there under in a phased manner to bring transparency, accountability & efficiency in the drug regulatory system. An online licensing system “SUGAM” in this regard has been developed with respect to import & registration of drugs and import license for personal use. (more…)

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Launch of affordable medicines & reliable implants for treatment (“AMRIT”) to provide affordable drugs for cancer and heart diseases

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has with an aim to reduce the expenditure incurred by patients on treatment of cancer and heart diseases launched a programme called Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (“AMRIT”), under which the Government will run pharmacy retail stores to sell medicines in hospitals like All India Institute of Medical Sciences (“AIIMS”), Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital & Tata Memorial Hospital. (more…)

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