Difference of 100% to 700% in CP and MRP of medicines in Himachal

PALAMPUR: The scam of very highly priced medicines is at a peak where difference between cost prices (CP) and maximum retail price (MRP) for generic drugs are ranging between one hundred percent to seven hundred percent and Union and state governments have become silent spectators with consumers being cheated by the medical companies as well as retailers.

Despite the fact the Essential Commodities Price Control Act is applicable in many states in the country which also covers the sale of drugs but no action has been initiated against erring companies by any state so far. Union Ministry of Chemicals had time and again assured the consumers that it would come out with policy fixing the margin of profit of retailers and whole sellers but nothing has been done till date.

This correspondent had conducted a detailed survey in this regard and met over fifty whole sale and retail dealers of medicines, also collected the whole sale and retail price lists of various standard drug companies through RTI and other sources, revealed that all the chemists were charging MRP from the consumers which was fixed at a very high rates.

There was a general impression among the consumers that margin of profit in standard companies were restricted only between ten to twenty percent, but if one go through the whole sale price list of even standard companies, these were also cheating the consumers by allowing the retailers to charge profit of one hundred percent to seven hundred percent. All these documents are in the possession of this correspondent.

A senior officer of the State Health Department when contacted by us said that MRP is always fixed by the drug companies itself and state has no control on it. It may be recalled that there were over one hundred drug manufacturing units of standard companies in the state supplying drugs all over India but State Government was ignorance about the margin of profit being charged by them.

If these companies were allowing retailers to charge 800 percent profit, what would be manufacturing cost of these drugs? Then that could be even less than one rupee in many cases, if the whole sale price lists of these companies issued in December 2008 to its dealers, was believed. Though this correspondent had wholesale and retail price list over 2000 brand of drugs but it is bringing in notice only those drugs which were being used by every third Indian daily, for the treatment of all ailments.

NAME OF MEDICINES

COST PRICE

MRP

PACK

MARGIN

OF PROFIT

1.  CIPCAL 500(Cal Carbonae 1250mg+Vit d3 250 IU)

6.50

39.90

20×15

613%

2.  CIPLOX I.V. 100ML (Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride 200mg)

19.00

55.00

100ml Bottle

289%

3.  NIMUPAIN PLUS TABS(Nimesulide 100mg+Paracetamol 325mg)

6.10

30.45

30×10

499%

4. NIMUPAIN PLUS SUSP-ORANGE (Nimesulide 50mg+Paracetamol 125mg)

10.60

27.50

60ml

259%

5.  ORS POWDER (Orange) (Sodium Chloride + Potassium Chloride)

4.10

13.44

20x21gm

327%

6.   DEFENAC DICLOFENAC 50 MG

3.75

20.02

25X10

533%

7.  DEFENAC DICLOFENAC  INJ 3ML

2.00

8.50

100X3ML

425%

8.  HEPPTONE IRON TONIC

27.15

55.00

200ML

202%

9.  LATENOL 50MG ATENOLOL

4.85

31.25

20X14

644%

10. LUCIPRO-O CIPROFLOXACIN 500MG+ORNIDAZOLE

29.20

80.00

10X10

273%

11. LUPIDOM DOMPERIODONE 10 MG

3.75

22.63

5X6X10

603%

12. LUPILLIN AMPICILLIN 500MG

30.55

58.00

10X10

189%

13. LUPILLIN AMOXYCILLIN 250 CAPS

15.30

21.00

30X10

137%

14. LUPILLIN AMOXYCILLIN 250 MG

19.00

52.52

20X15

276%

15. LUPILLIN AMOXYCILLIN 500 MG

39.20

95.25

10X15

242%

16  ALZENTHER AMPULES  ARTEETHER 150 MG

17.00

110.00

2ML

647%

17 AMUROL NX AMOXYCILLIN TRIHYDRATE 500 MG

27.85

64.50

10s

231%

18 BACIPEN 250 CAP AMPICILLIN 250 MG

10.20

30.80

10s

301%

19. O D CAPS OMEPRAZOLE 20 MG+ DOMPERIDONE 10MG

11.90

63.75

10s

535%

20. OMEZOL OMEPRAZOLE 10MG CAP

7.70

36.00

15s

467%

21  OMEZOL OMEPRAZOLE 20MG CAP

8.30

57.00

10s

686%

22  O-WIN IV INJECTION OFLOXACIN 200MG+SODIUM CHLORIDE 900MG

16.00

92.00

100ML

575%

23 PYRALGIN PARACETAMOL+NIMESULIDE TAB

4.40

27.50

10s

625%

24. AVACARD-AT (Amlodipine 5mg+Atenolol 50mg) TABS

7.70

36.75

10s

477%

25. CERZIN TAB (Cetrizine Dihydrochloride 10mg)

2.50

21.00

10s

840%

26. CIPRACT -TZ (Ciprofloxacin 500+Tinidazole 600mg) Tabs

22.60

67.94

10s

300%

27 .ENROBACT(Norfloxacin 100mg+Metronidazole 100mg)Suspe

10.90

28.00

30ml

256%

28  FENAK PLUS (Diclofenac 50mg Plus Paracetamol 500mg) gel

14.50

45.00

30gm

310%

29. MIFECON-200MG TAB (MIFEPRISTONE 200MG) 65.80 370.00 3X1 562%
30  Alegetone Injection  ondansetron 2MG 3.60 28 2ML 777%

A senior journalist from Palampur.

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