Depart­ment of med­i­cal de­vices?

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

YES, YOU heard it right. A gov­ern­men­tap­pointed task­force on the med­i­cal de­vices sec­tor has rec­om­mended such an ad­min­is­tra­tive ar­range­ment. Union min­is­ter of chem­i­cals and fer­tilis­ers Ananth Ku­mar has al­ready writ­ten to the Cabi­net sec­re­tary to start the process. Ku­mar has also de­manded that like the Na­tional List of Es­sen­tial Medicines, there should be a list of med­i­cal de­vices that have a cap on their prices. Fol­low­ing the task force's rec­om­men­da­tion, the gov­ern­ment is go­ing to set up med­i­cal de­vices parks in the coun­try. The first such park will be set up in Gu­jarat. The Na­tional In­sti­tute of Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search, Ahmed­abad, will be the nodal in­sti­tute for un­der­tak­ing re­search in the area. The rec­om­men­da­tions are meant to pro­mote do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion of high­end med­i­cal de­vices and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing equip­ment.

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