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53 medicines get costlier

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 18 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) has hiked the prices of 53 locally-produced medicines.

“Out of total of 117 generic medicines, the prices of drugs under 19 generics have been increased by DGDA due to increasing prices of raw materials and packaging,” DGDA spokesperson Ayub Hossain told the Daily Sun.

He said the prices of the drugs have been increased as per the government's policy.

“The pharmaceutical companies have to take new pricing certificates to increase the prices of their products,” Ayub Hossain added.

The DGDA official said the gazette on the new pricing of the 53 drugs will be published this week.

The DGDA pricing committee in its 58th meeting held on 30 June at the health and family welfare ministry approved the new prices.

Medicine prices were revised by the health ministry earlier in 2015.

The DGDA sources said in the new pricing, some drugs saw a 100 per cent price hike while prices of other drugs have been increased in various ranges.

Of the 53 drugs, the price of 10 Paracetamol generics and six Metronidazole generics have been increased.

Price of Amoxicillin, Xylometazoline, Prochlorperazine, Diazepam, Methyldopa, Furosemide, Phenobarbital, Lidocaine, Folic Acid, Chlorphenamine, Benzathine benzylpenicillin, Aspirin Phenoxymethyl Penicillin, Norgestrel, Feros has increased from 50 per cent to 100 per cent, sources said.