Price Monitoring & Resource Unit (PMRU): Set up in Jammu & Kashmir

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  • April 3, 2020
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Price Monitoring & Resource Unit (PMRU): Set up in Jammu & Kashmir

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Health, Governance

In News:

  • Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory become 12th State where the PMRU has been set up by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)
  • The unit shall be funded by NPPA for its recurring and non-recurring expenses

Key takeaways:

  • The PMRU, a registered society, will function under State Drug Controller of Jammu & Kashmir
  • PMRU shall help NPPA and State Drug Controller in ensuring availability and accessibility of medicines at affordable prices.
  • PMRU will collect samples of medicines, collect and analyse data and make reports with respect to availability & over-pricing of medicines for taking action under DPCO
  • It is also expected to organise awareness activities related to affordability of medicines

Important value additions:

  • National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy (NPPP) – governs price control.
  • Drug Price Control Orders (DPCO) – enforces price control. 
  • National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) – monitors and controls drug prices.
  • National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy-2012 – places a regulatory framework for pricing of drugs.

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