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Pharma pricing regulator cuts stent prices by up to 85%

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New Delhi, Feb 14 

In a major measure of relief to cardiac patients in India, the government on Tuesday fixed the ceiling price of coronary stents which are used to open up blocked arteries.

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, in a notification, put a ceiling price on drug eluting stents (DES) and bioresorbable stents at Rs 29,600, and that of bare metal stents at Rs 7,260, effective from Tuesday. The ceiling price excludes local taxes.

The cost of a drug eluting stent currently ranges between Rs 24,000 and Rs 1.5 lakh, and that of a bioresorbable stent is between Rs 1.7 lakh to Rs 2 lakh. A bare metal stent costs between Rs 7,000 and Rs 20,000.

NPPA said it had consulted with various stakeholders on the matter.

“During deliberations, it was found that huge unethical markups are charged at each stage in the supply chain of coronary stents resulting in irrational, restrictive and exorbitant prices in a failed market system driven by information asymmetry between the patient and doctors pushing patients to financial misery,” an NPPA notification said.

The NPPA also said that a stent could cost the patient over ten times more by the time it moved from the manufacturer to the patient.

In July 2016, the Union Health Ministry had, through a notification, included coronary stents under the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM). Drugs and devices listed in the NLEM have to be sold at the price fixed by NPPA. This was after the Delhi High Court sought government action on a public interest litigation (PIL) appeal seeking price control on stents.

 

(IANS)

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Markets open on negative note

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Mumbai, Jan 24: The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Wednesday opened on a negative note during the morning session of the trade.

Later the Sensex move to a positive region.

The Sensex of the BSE after opening at 36,161.62 points touched a high of 36,163.68 and a low of 36,085.68 points.

On Tuesday the Sensex closed at 36,139.98 points.

The Sensex is trading at 36,165.75 points up by 25.77 points or 0.07 per cent.

On the other hand, the broader 51-scrip Nifty at the National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at 11,069.65 points after closing at 11,083.70 points.

The Nifty is trading at 11,076.25 points in the morning.

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Enterprises now deploying AI technologies: Infosys

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Davos, Jan 23: Enterprises are moving beyond the experimentation phase with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and are now deploying AI technologies more broadly, said an Infosys survey on Tuesday.

There is a fundamental shift in how enterprises operate as AI takes hold, according to the “Leadership in the Age of AI” survey.

“AI, as the research shows, is becoming core to business strategy, and is compelling business leaders to alter the way they hire, train and inspire teams, and the way they compete and foster innovation. Industry disruption from AI is no longer imminent, it is here,” Mohit Joshi, President, Infosys, said in a statement.

“The organisations that embrace AI with a clearly-defined strategy and use AI to amplify their workforce rather than replace it, will take the lead, and those that don’t will fall behind or find themselves irrelevant,” Joshi added.

Seventy three per cent respondents strongly agreed that their AI deployments have already transformed the way they do business, and 90 per cent C-level executives reported measurable benefits from AI within their organisation.

Organisations are taking steps to prepare employees and business leaders for the future of work, with 53 per cent respondents indicating that their organisation has increased training in the job functions most affected by AI deployments.

More than 1,000 business and IT leaders with decision-making power over AI solutions or purchases at big organisations across seven countries were included in the survey.

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Market zooms: Sensex at 36K, Nifty50 at 11K

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Mumbai, Jan 23: Projection of India’s healthy economic growth outlook, along with bullish global cues lifted the key Indian equity indices to their new highs during the early morning trade session on Tuesday.

Accordingly, the S&P BSE Sensex and the NSE Nifty50 breached their previous respective intra-day high levels.

In the process, the barometer Sensex crossed the 36,000-points-mark and the NSE Nifty50 climbed above 11,000 points.

Market analysts pointed-out other factors such as positive Q3 results and buying support in oil and gas, banking, capital goods and consumer durables stocks aided in the key indices’ upward trajectory.

At 9.50 a.m., the 30-scrip S&P BSE Sensex, which had closed at 35,798.01 points on Monday, traded higher at 36,036.51 points, up by 238.50 points or 0.67 per cent.

At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader Nifty50 quoted at 11,039.75 points, up by 73.55 points or 0.67 per cent.

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