Department of medical devices?
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.