The Standing National Committee on Medicines (SCAM), headed by the secretary department of health research and ICMR director general Balram Bhargava, held a stakeholders' consultation on Monday to deliberate on the revision of the existing NLEM which is based on widely used formulations.
Indians spent over Rs 1,36,000 cr on medicines in last one year ending September 2019. People spent over Rs 17,000 cr on cardiac drugs, around Rs 15,400 cr for gastro-intestinal disorders and over Rs 13,360 crore on anti-diabetes medicines .
Over 18,550 hospitals are empanelled under the govt’s flagship health insurance scheme. Of this, 54% are private hospitals and the rest are public. The scheme is designed to provide free annual health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh to 50 crore people.
The health ministry is set to notify a new definition of medical devices which will expand the span of regulation to cover all such products.
Currently, Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme has 1,393 treatment packages out of which 1,083 are surgical, 309 medical and one unspecified package.
The move is aimed at promoting self-care & reducing cost of treatment without compromising patient safety.
The discontinued packages include renal angioplasty with single stent (medicated) and eversion of hydrocele sac — unilateral.
The food regulator is set to make such ratings mandatory for all restaurants along with presence of a food supervisor to monitor compliance of food regulation and ensure safety of food served.
Hygiene products like sanitary napkins, disinfectants and adult diapers could soon come under price control
At present, there is only a National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), which also includes some critical medical devices.
In the absence of a policy to tackle the shelf life, retailers often return the stock to companies after they cross the ‘best before date’.
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