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High Court of Jharkhand seeks response from Centre on relevant authority to control the price of critical medical equipment [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 15 Jun 2021 1:09am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary High Court of Jharkhand seeks  response from Centre on relevant authority to control the price of critical medical equipment [READ ORDER]

The Jharkhand High Court has sought Centre's response on the action taken by its competent authority for controlling the price of critical medical equipment’s such as pulse Oximeters and oxygen concentrators included under the Drugs Price Control Order, 2013.

A division bench involving Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad was hearing a petition seeking guidelines from the Supreme Court to the Centre and the States to bring medical devices such as oxygen concentrators, pulse oximeters, and ventilator machines under price control by citing Section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955, and the National Disaster Management Act, 2005.

Quoting Section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act,1955, and the National Disaster Management Act,2005, the petition also requested orders to bringCOVID-19 vaccines, such as Covishield and Covaxin, within price caps.

During the proceeding, the Petitioner claimed that the Central Government issued a notification on February 11, 2020, proclaiming medical devices to be "drugs." Furthermore, for tracking the price action of vital medical equipment like Pulse Oximeters and Oxygen Concentrators included under the DPCO, the office memorandum dated 29.06.2020 was used.

Because of the aforementioned arguments, the ASGI for the Centre requested a week to obtain instruction on the issue.

As a result, let this issue be posted on 17.06.2021 so that the relevant authority of the Central Government can inform this Court via affidavit of the measures taken in response to the notification dated 11.02.2020 and the office memorandum dated 29.06.2020," the Court has ordered. On 17th June,… Continue Reading...


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