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EditorialDo More in Pharmaceutical Pricing!

Do More in Pharmaceutical Pricing!


It is good that the government has reduced the prices of 41 commonly used medicines and six formulations used to treat diseases such as diabetes, heart and liver ailments. In this context, reports have averred that antacids, multivitamins, and antibiotics are among the medicines that will become cheaper.

In this regard, the pharma companies have been instructed to pass on the information on the reduced price of various medicines to dealers and stockists with immediate effect. For sure, this step will help in making the cost of essential medicines affordable for the public. This measure will provide significant relief to countless patients, ensuring that life-saving medications are accessible and affordable. However, there is an urgent need to extend this philanthropic approach to a broader range of medicines.

In the current climate of high inflation and widespread economic hardship, reducing the prices of more medicines can alleviate the financial burden on millions of poor and resource-constrained individuals. The rising cost of healthcare is a major concern for a large segment of the population, particularly those living below the poverty line.

As far as and is concerned, especially the far off hamlets, there are many individuals and families which have to make difficult choices between purchasing essential medicines and meeting other basic needs including  bread and butter. By cutting the prices of a wider array of medicines, the government can help ensure that no one has to choose between their and their livelihood. This is especially important in rural and underserved areas where access to affordable healthcare is already limited.

Reducing the prices of medicines can have a profound impact on public health outcomes. When people can afford their prescribed medications, they are more likely to adhere to their treatment, leading to better health outcomes and a reduction in the overall burden of disease. This not only improves the quality of life for individuals but also reduces the strain on the healthcare system.

As the government has taken a bountiful step to give respite to ailing lot there is also a need for strengthening regulatory mechanisms to prevent price gouging and ensure that price reductions are implemented transparently and fairly across the market.


The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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