Chandigarh: In what could be a tom-tom for common man who feels pinching of northward inflation, the ruling dispensation at the Centre is mulling over slashing the prices of life saving drugs.

Central Health Secretary PK Pradhan said that following the direction of the Supreme Court, the government is working to reduce the prices of life saving drugs.

A list of 348 new medicines was submitted to the Supreme Court, which was sent to the government for cutting down their prices.  Pradhan said, “It is need of the hour to reduce the prices of life saving drugs that will give much relief to people who are unable to bear the costs of health treatment.”

Addressing an inaugural ceremony of Artificial Kidney Unit at PGI here, he said that the government is planning to supply cheaper and high quality medicines to all medical institutes across the country so that patients could have easy access to the drugs without bearing the load of high prices.
The Central Procurement Authority will be instructed for the purchase of medicines and six cities will have their own All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) very soon, he said.

Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana have been directed to monitor medical colleges and district hospitals and improve health infrastructure services in the states.