Hyderabad: Drugs Disposable items such as syringes, needles, gloves, catheters, blood grouping sera and devices are billed by hospitals without giving individual prices to patients. In the case of HIV, patients with hepatitis B and C, it was found that a combined amount of Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 is charged in case surgery is required. The administration of drugs says that patients should be informed of the maximum retail price of these devices.
Drugs administration indicates that patients should be informed of the maximum retail price of these devices.
A senior drug control official said, “After stent price caps, the government wants disposable medical devices that are regularly used to be properly entered on the invoice and their market price must be mentioned.
Hospitals and chemists were asked to take these products from notified manufacturers and not from unregistered suppliers. With the national pharmaceutical pricing authority defining medical devices as “medicines” the patient must be informed how much each device costs. MRP labels are used, hospitals could face the action.
Mr. Rakesh Gupta, president of the Telangana Chemists Association, said: “The government must ensure that they are allowed to buy medical devices on the open market.” Hospitals buy drugs as well as devices from their pharmacies.
High use disposable products:
Hypodermic syringes, needles, infusion devices
In vitro diagnostic devices for HIV, hepatitis B and C
Heart vessels and veins of the scalp
Sutures and staplers, used for surgery and dressing
Bags of blood components.