NEW DELHI :
The health ministry has asked an expert committee to look at veterinary drugs that can be brought under the National List of Essential medicines, which will later be put under price control.
“Department of Pharma had requested us that we should draw up a list of essential veterinary drugs as well. There is an expert committee which is looking into this," a senior official at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on condition of anonymity.
The health ministry is responsible for making changes to the list of essential medicine, on which the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority imposes price control.
The Economic Times had first reported the story earlier this week, saying that it was done in a bid to push Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new scheme to control livestock diseases.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last month launched the ₹12,652-crore National Animal Disease Control Programme (NACDP) to control and eradicate the Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis amongst the livestock in the country. The fully central government-sponsored programme will vaccinate over 600 million cattle in the country against the two diseases.
The NACDP aims to control Foot and Mouth Disease and Brucellosis by 2025 through vaccination and eradicate them by 2030.