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All manufacturers/importers of Oxygen Concentrators directed by NPPA to submit MRP details within 7 days: Centre to HC

ANI | Updated: May 20, 2021 19:09 IST

New Delhi [India], May 20 (ANI): Central Government told the Delhi High Court on Thursday that National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has asked all the manufacturers/ importers of Pulse Oximeter and Oxygen Concentrators to submit the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) details within seven days.
"All the manufacturers/importers of (i) Pulse Oximeter and (ii) Oxygen Concentrators are hereby directed under Para 29 of the DPCO, 2013 to submit the MRP details in the prescribed format (Annexure-I & II) within 7 days i.e. latest by May 22, 2021 of issue of this order. A soft copy of the same may be sent to the following e-mail id," read the office memorandum issued by NPPA.
The NPPA's office memorandum was part of the reply filed by the Central Government on the petition relating to the oxygen concentrator.
The memorandum also said that the MRP of Medical Devices cannot be increased more than ten per cent in a year.
"All Manufacturers/Importers of aforesaid Medical Devices are hereby advised to ensure compliance of the provisions of Para 20 of the DPCO, 2013 failing which action may be initiated for violation of provisions of DPCO, 2013 read with Essential Commodities Act, 1955," read the memorandum.

The reply copy also mentioned the advisory on Oxygen Concentrator dated May 16 issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The Centre response came on a petition seeking to fix the price of oxygen concentrators. The plea was filed by Manisha Chauhan through advocates Sanjeev Sagar and Nazia Parveen.
In the plea, the petitioner has urged to direct the Delhi Government to issue notification regarding medicines and medical equipment's under Section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act.
The petitioner has also sought to set up one fast-track special court for dealing exclusively with cases of black marketing and hoarding of medical equipments and medicines for the treatment of Covid-19.
The petitioner has urged to issue direction to appoint a special public prosecutor for the prosecution of cases before special courts of black marketing and hoarding of medical equipments and medicines for the treatment of Covid-19.
It also sought to direct the Union of India to pass effective orders thereby restraining individuals without having a valid medical trade license under Medical Devices Rules 2020 from importing medicines and medical equipment's and confine the import to hospitals or institutions; also permit individual import to one person one quantity for self-use in-order to curb profiteering and hoarding of medical equipments and medicines.
It also sought to direct the registry of the court to forward all orders passed by this hon'ble court to the concerned designated special court dealing with cases under "Essential Commodities Act and Epidemic act" such that they are aware of the current status of proceedings and orders of the Court. (ANI)