Health and Industries Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana told Parliament yesterday that 100 more essential drugs will be brought under price control with immediate effect.
The price cap imposed by the Government only applies to 100 essential medicines currently and when price control is introduced for another 100 medicines, 200 types of medicines altogether will be under price control.
The Minister said this while replying to the question raised by MP Jayantha Samaraweera.
He said that one medicine is available in 10 or 15 brands and patients can buy medicines without difficulty by regulating a fair price on them. The Minister also said that this price control is being decided by a committee consisting of 11 experts related to medicine and economy.
The Minister stated that 862 imported essential medicines are available in the country and 675 of them are imported from the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation.