The Punjab and Haryana High Court Thursday dismissed a petition filed by the Chandigarh Chemists Associated (CCA),in which they had challenged the tender issued by PGIMER inviting firms offering minimum discount of 50 per cent on all medicines.
The tender floated by PGI reads,the licencee must give medicines,consumables,surgical implants,instruments and other things to the patients against valid prescription by the doctors at a minimum of 50 per cent discount on MRP. However,licencee would be free to offer more discounts.
The decision of PGI has created panic among chemists,who at present are providing 15 per cent discount on branded drugs and 30 per cent discount on generic drugs and surgical items. The discount on branded drugs is far less as compared to the discount of 56 per cent offered at AIIMS.
Though the step taken by PGI will help lakhs of patients,the members of Chandigarh Chemists Association (CCA) are upset by the decision. The association moved High Court against PGIs decision,but the petition was dismissed by the court.
Providing 50 per cent discount on branded drugs is not possible for chemists. How will they offer 50 per cent discount when they only get a commission of 15per cent? It will give rise to unethical practices, Khem Gupta,president,CCA said.
There are 530 chemists associated with the CCA and all will boycott this tender. We will take up the issue with Drug Controller General of India, he added.
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