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Revive govt owned IDPL on big scale

Central and state governments are bulk buyers of medicines to be used in their hospitals and dispensaries. Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited (IDPL) was a government-owned premium drug-manufacturing company in yesteryears which was known for providing quality medicines at cost much below that the famous branded medicines. For example, Calmod was its own brand-name for sleeping pill with salt diazepam (5 mgs) as a cheaper substitute sold at a fractional cost of popular branded medicines sold under tradename Calmpose and Valium-5.

With generic medicines being sold at exorbitant profit-margins up to with maximum-retail-price (MRP) printed at even 400 per cent of than that available at wholesale drug market in Bhagirath Palace (Delhi), there is every likelihood of a big bribe margin in their supply to government hospitals; central government should revive IDPL in a much larger scale than before. Rather Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathic medicines should also be produced by IDPL for providing users reliable and cheaper products where now-a-days, marketers of honey are advertising extensively for blaming their competitors in selling adulterated and over-priced honey.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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