The Karnataka drugs control department has set up price monitoring cell following the directive from the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).
â€œThe creation of the cell strengthens the infrastructure and makes the monitoring of drug prices effective. The officials would now keep close tabs on the overcharging by pharmaceutical companies and will now swoop down on violators selling drugs at exorbitant prices. Ever since the price monitoring cell was established a couple of weeks ago, there were no instances of overcharging reported so far,â€ said Raghurama Bhandary, Drugs Controller, Karnataka.
â€œThe pricing issue is a latest entry on the radar of the department. We have now taken on the responsibility to ensure that there is no overcharging of prices. Therefore, we created a dedicated price monitoring cell at the headquarters itself, which is supported by 36 circles to take up the onus of pricing surveillance,â€ he added.