NPPA asks hospitals, doctors to report stents shortage
Drug price regulator NPPA today asked hospitals and doctors to report shortage of stents as part of its measures to ensure availability of the medical device in the wake of price cap. "Hospitals/doctors finding any shortage of stents of any company and/or any brand should inform NPPA which will ensure supplies," the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) said in a tweet.
The regulator has been taking several steps to ensure stents are available under its prescribed price list as reports emerged that there were shortages in the market.
NPPA also asked stents manufacturers and their distributors to align their system according to the new price list.
"Drug companies need to restructure their stents trading and supply channel to work within 8 per cent maximum trade margin without circumventing it," it said in a separate tweet.
The 8 per cent margin also adequately covers hospital handling charges, if any, the regulator had said. PTI