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Overpriced intraocular lenses come under Maharashtra FDA's scanner
While earlier it were stents and catheters that had come under the scanner of the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA), now the regulatory authority has sounded an alarm over the sale of overpriced intraocular lenses.
These are lenses that are used to increase sharpness of vision especially in patients suffering from cataract. The Maharashtra FDA has claimed that the manufacturers, distributors, as well as hospitals are making massive undue profits in the business of intraolular lenses. It has alleged that the profits range from 59 to 1500 per cent.
After studying over a dozen of brands of intraocular lenses, the regulatory authority has found that the cost of an intraocular lens for the retailer ranges from Rs 350 to Rs 15,200. But patients have to shell out anywhere between Rs 5,800 to Rs 26,550 for the same.
The FDA has now sent its report to the Maharashtra government, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) and the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA). It has recommended that the lenses be included under the National List of Essential Medicines so that they could be brought under Drug Price Control Order 2013.
"Due to non regulation on price of intraocular lens, there is huge difference between charges taken from patients. Patients are suffering from financial burden/loss," India Express quoted from the report.
This is not the first time that the state FDA has taken lead in taking decisions that are in the interest of the general public. It had earlier as well shown how people are charged exorbitantly and unfairly for medical devices including stents and cardiac catheters.
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