Business News/ News / India/  From painkillers to antibiotics, these medicines will be costlier after 1 April

In alignment with the change in Wholesale Price Index(WPI), pharmaceutical companies are allowed to hike prices of several medicines by 12% from 1 April. Most of these drugs include life-saving medicines like anti-infectives, painkillers and cardiac medicines. 

The price hike will impact the retail price of around 800 drugs included in the National List of Essential Medicines, reported Economic Times. As per the National List of Essential Medicines, know the key medicines that will be costlier from 1 April.

The list includes nearly all the necessary medicines from those required for COVID management to ORS and disinfectant. Which means the rise in price of medicines will have a wide impact on people's budget. 

List of Medicines to be costlier from 1 April

-General anaesthetics and oxygen medicines like Halothane, Isoflurane, Ketamine, Nitrous oxide, etc.

-Pain killers: Diclofenac, Ibuprofen, Mefenamic acid, Paracetmol, Morphine

-Antidotes in Poisoning: Activated Charcoal, D-Penicillamine, Nalaxone, Snake venom antiserum, 

-Anticonvulsants: Clobazam, Diazepam, Lorazepam, 

-Parkinsons and Dementia: Flunarizine, Propranolol, Donepezil, 

-Antibiotics: Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Benzylpenicillin, Cefadroxil, Cefazolin, Ceftriaxome

-Covid management medicines

-Anti-TB medicine: Amikacin, Bedaquiline, Clarithromycin, etc.

-Antifungal: Clotrimazole, Fluconazole, Mupirocin, Nystatin, Terbinafine, etc.

-Antiviral medicines: Acyclovir, Valganciclovir, etc.

-HIV management medicines: Abacavir, Lamivudine, Zidovudine, Efavirenz, Nevirapine, Raltegravir, Dolutegravir, Ritonavir, etc.

-Malaria medicines: Artesunate, Artemether, Chloroquine, Clindamycin, Quinine, Primaquine, etc.

-Cancer treatment medicines: 5-Fluorouracil, Actinomycin D, All-trans retionoic acid, Arsenic trioxide, Calcium folinate, etc.

-Anemia medicines: Folic Acid, Iron Sucrose, Hydroxocobalamin, etc.

-Plasma and Plasma substitutes

-Cardiovascular medicines: Dilitazem, Metoprolol, Digoxin, Verapramil, Amlodipine, Ramipril, Telmisarten, etc.

-Dermatological medicines

-Antiseptics and Disinfectants: Chlorohexidine, Ethyl Alcohol, Hydrogen peroxide, Povidine iodine, Potassium permanganate, etc.

-ENT medicine: Budesonide, Ciprofloxacin, Clotrimazole, etc.

-Gastrointestinal Medicines: ORS, Lactulose, Bisacodyl, etc.

-Hormones, other Endocrine Medicines and Contraceptives

-Vaccines: Hepatitis B, DPT vaccine, Japanese encephalitis vaccine, measles vaccine, rabies vaccine, etc.

-Opthalmological medicines, Oxytocics adn antioxytocics

-Medicines to treat psychiatric disorders

-Respiratory tract disorder medicines, vitamin and minerals



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Updated: 29 Mar 2023, 10:09 AM IST
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