Updated on 23 July 2013
The Tripura government has decided to open a generic medicine counter at the Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) and banned the hospital from writing the brand names of medicines
Singapore: Tripura has become the first Indian state to announce its implementation of the country's health ministry's decision to reduce the maximum retail prices of essential drugs.
The Tripura state government has asked the state drug control authority to be vigilant about implementation of this decision to slash the maximum retail price (MRPs) of 348 essential medicines from August 1.
Health minister Mr Tapan Chakraborty, said that, "I hope that in time we receive the necessary documents from the Union health ministry so that we can ensure that the price reduction of essential drugs is implemented as per the notification of the national pharmaceutical pricing authority."
Further the state government is planning to open a generic medicine counter at the Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC). The hospital has been banned from writing the brand names of the medicines too.
The government is in talks with the Rajasthan Generic Medicine Manufacturing Society over supply of adequate number of drugs to Tripura where patients can procure them at a low price.