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HC asks govt: Why drugmakers’ price fixing power not illegal

  • Published at 10:22 pm July 31st, 2018
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The government has been fixing the prices of 700 drugs up until 1993

The High Court on Tuesday issued a rule asking the government to explain why the gazette notification issued by the Health Ministry giving power to the pharmaceutical companies to fix the prices of medicines should not be declared illegal.

The bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued the rule after hearing a petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, reports UNB.

Advocate Manzil Murshid, who stood for the petitioner, said that according to the Drug (control) Ordinance 1982 the government was the authority to fix the prices of drugs, and the government has been doing so by fixing the prices of 700 drugs up until 1993.

But in 1994, the Health Ministry issued a notification where it mentioned that the government has the power to fix the prices of 117 medicines only, and prices of the rest of the drugs will be fixed by the pharmaceutical companies, which is a violation of law, he said.

Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh had filed the petition on Monday challenging the legality of the notification.