Column : Poor prescription
The cost-based price control has a long-term burden on Indian citizens as it stifles Indian innovation. The cost-based price control policy of 1995 was flawed for a critical reason. The price of a drug is not just the price of manufacturing with a small profit margin. It is unlike making widgets, cars or computers as drugs impact the human system and need to be tested for safety, toxicity and efficacy. It is the price of a manufactured chemical, in addition to the clinical research cost.
In a billion dollar cost of a final drug, the share of toxicity and safety studies and clinical research may be greater than 70%. Before India passed the patent law, Indian companies could duplicate the method of manufacture and use the clinical research data of innovator companies to launch new drugs. While this
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