Govt caps trade margin on O2 concentrators to 70%


New Delhi, Jun 04, 2021, IANS

TheĀ government has capped trade margin on oxygen concentrators at 70 per cent and the NPPA will inform revised MRPs within a week.

As per information collected by the government, margin at the level of distributor currently ranges up to 198 per cent.

By invoking extraordinary powers under Para 19 of the DPCO, 2013, in larger public interest, the NPPA has brought the cap on Price to Distributor (PTD) level on Oxygen Concentrators.

Earlier, in February 2019, NPPA had successfully capped the Trade Margin on Anti-cancer Drugs. Based on the notified Trade Margin, NPPA has instructed the manufacturers / importers to report revised MRP within three days. Revised MRPs will be informed in public domain within a week by NPPA.

The situation arised due to the Covid pandemic that has resulted in recent volatility in Maximum Retail Prices (MRP) of Oxygen Concentrators, the government has decided to step-in to regulate the price of Oxygen Concentrators."

Every retailer, dealer, hospital and institution shall display price list as furnished by the manufacturer, on a conspicuous part of the business premises in a manner so as to be easily accessible to any person wishing to consult the same.

The manufacturers / importers not complying with the revised MRP after Trade Margin capping, shall be liable to deposit the overcharged amount along with 15 per cent interest and penalty up to 100 per cent under the provisions of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013 read with Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

State Drug Controllers (SDCs) shall monitor the compliance of the order to ensure that no manufacturer, distributer, retailer shall sell Oxygen Concentrators to any consumer at a price exceeding the revised MRP, to prevent instances of black-marketing.

The Order shall be applicable up to November 30, 2021, subject to review.

With the spurt in cases in the second Covid wave in the country, demand for Medical Oxygen has gone up considerably. The Government is striving to ensure uninterrupted supply of Oxygen and Oxygen Concentrators in adequate quantity in the country.

Oxygen Concentrator is a Non-Scheduled Drug and presently under voluntary licensing framework of Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO). Its price is being monitored under the provisions of DPCO 2013.

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