New drug price caps to help save up to 20% - (The Times of India via NewsPoints Desk)

  • A recent revision to India's National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) is expected to lead to savings of between 10 percent to 20 percent for patients on widely used antibiotics, anti-infectives, cardiac and respiratory medicines, The Times of India reported.
  • The newspaper suggested that the update will lead to a loss of around Rs 600 crore for companies, with Cipla, Pfizer, Sun Pharmaceutical, Zydus and Lupin to be among those impacted the most.
  • In terms of therapies, anti-infectives will be the largest segment in terms of savings for patients, followed by cardiac, neuro and respiratory medicines.
  • The new list will be operational with immediate effect once the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority fixes their prices.

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