The Karnataka Food and Drugs Control Organisation (FDA) department is now working towards setting up the Price Monitoring Research Unit (PMRU).
PMRU is also known as the Consumer Awareness, Publicity and Price Monitoring (CAPPM) Scheme, within the department office in the state.
The move comes in after a communication from the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) calling for the need to establish a dedicated cell to check if the DPCO 2013 is adhered to by the pharma companies.
“In this regard, we have now written to the state health and family welfare principal secretary to seek a formal consent.
Once we receive this, we will be forwarding our interest to set up the cell to NPPA, which will disburse the required funds. Hence, there is no burden on the state government to allocate monetary assistance,” Karnataka State Drugs Controller BT Khanapure told.
PMRU is being set up to check price compliance and monitor notified prices of medicines, across all states. It is a registered society with representatives from the drugs control department and the health and family welfare among others.
From a national perspective, there has been extensive expenditure for publicity through print and electronic media, organising seminars for consumer awareness.
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