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Planning Commission to strengthen drug regulatory system via Health Ministry

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The Planning Commission has recommended more powers to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to strengthen the drug regulatory system.

Price controls and price regulation, especially of essentialThe Planning Commission has recommended more powers to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to strengthen the drug regulatory system. drugs, should be enforced. The Essential Drugs List needs to be revised and expanded, and rational use of drugs ensured. Public sector should be strengthened to protect the capacity of domestic drug and vaccines industry to meet national needs. Safeguards provided by Indian patents law and the TRIPS Agreement against the countrys ability to produce essential drugs should be protected. MoHFW should be empowered to strengthen the drug regulatory system, the document said.

The panel also suggested a National Health Package to offer, as part of the entitlement of every citizen, essential health services at different levels of the healthcare delivery system.

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