Kerala sets up first price monitoring unit for essential dru
Kerala has become the first Indian state to set up a price monitoring and research unit (PMRU) to track violation of prices of essential drugs and medical devices under the Drugs Price Control Order (DPCO).

The set up of price monitoring unit is a result of the proposal made by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to States and Union territories to create monitoring units in order to track the prices of drugs and devices sold in their respective state.

The monitoring unit shall be chaired by the Health Secretary of the state with Drug Controller as its member secretary. The members shall include a state government representative, representatives of private pharmaceutical companies, and consumer rights protection fora. There shall be an executive committee headed by the Drug Controller within the unit.

The unit shall act as a watchdog offering technical help to the State Drug Controllers and the NPPA to monitor notified prices of medicines, detect violation of DPCO provisions and price compliance. The unit shall also help to check shortage of essential medicines in the state.

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