From paracetamol to antibiotics, these medicines will likely get expensive

From today on, common medicines including morphine, diclofenac, ibuprofen, mefenamic acid and paracetamol will cost more. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and others released a statement on April 1st, stating that the cost of purchasing medicines included on the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) will increase.

This will cover over eight hundred medicines listed on the NELM.

“Based on the WPI data provided by the office of the Economic Advisor, Department of Industry and Internal trade Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the annual change in WPI works out as (+) 0.00551% during the calendar year 2023 over the corresponding period in 2022,” according to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) notice.

Painkillers like paracetamol and morphine are among the medicines that will become more expensive starting today. Others includes TB medicines like Amikacin, Bedaquiline, Clarithromycin; anticonvulsants like Clobazam, Diazepam, Lorazepam; antidotes in poisoning like activated Charcoal, D-Penicillamine, Nalaxone, Snake venom and antibiotics like Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Benzylpenicillin, Cefadroxil, Cefazolin, and Ceftriaxone; Folic Acid, Iron Sucrose, Hydroxocobalamin, Flunarizine, Propranolol, Donepezil, Abacavir, Lamivudine, Zidovudine, Efavirenz, Nevirapine, Raltegravir, Dolutegravir, Ritonavir, Clotrimazole, Fluconazole, Mupirocin, Nystatin, Terbinafine, Dilitazem, Metoprolol, Digoxin, Verapramil, Amlodipine, Ramipril, Telmisarten; Malaria medicines like Artesunate, Artemether, Chloroquine, Clindamycin, Quinine, Primaquine, 5-Fluorouracil, Actinomycin D, All-trans retinoic acid, Arsenic trioxide, Calcium folinate, Chlorohexidine, Ethyl Alcohol, Hydrogen peroxide, Povidine iodine, Potassium permanganate and general anaesthetics and oxygen medicines like Halothane, Isoflurane, Ketamine, Nitrous oxide, etc.

The NPPA indicated that the rise will be 0.0055% for medicines under the NLEM, in line with the annual change in the wholesale price index (WPI).