SC to Centre: Submit new drug policy before Jan 15
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The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the Centre to place before it their gazette notification over the new drug policy. A Bench led by Justice G S Singhvi gave the Centre time till January 15 to put on record the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy so that the court could examine it as well as the contentions raised by the counsel for NGO 'All India Drugs Action Network,' which had filed the PIL in 2003.
Earlier, Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra had informed the Bench that the new policy, which will bring 348 essential drugs under a price control regime, had been sent for notification in the official gazette. But since the government press sought more time to publish it, Luthra said, he could not carry a copy of it.
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