Hospitals and nursing homes are now required to display the price of knee implant systems on the home page of their websites, according to a new order by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA). Those who fail to upload the details—revised prices at which patients getting a knee implant system are being billed—by Monday would invite legal action under Essential Commodities Act, 1995, the drug watchdog has stated in its notification. The details must also include the brand name of the implant and specify its manufacturer or marketing company.
Besides hospitals, nursing homes and clinics, the order instructs manufacturers, importers and marketers of knee implant systems to follow this rule. The move follows the capping of prices of knee implants by the NPPA earlier this month. The new ceiling prices are slated to bring down costs of the implants up to 69 per cent.
Last week, the NPPA had also released a list of 40 hospitals across the country that had not been displaying the charges for knee implants, and would be facing action. The list included several hospitals in cities such as Delhi, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Allahabad and Varanasi.
The NPPA had followed a similar strategy for coronary stents when it had capped the ceiling prices for those, earlier this year. Lists of erring hospitals, against whom there were complaints of overcharging for coronary stents had been put up on the NPPA website, and the hospitals had been issued notices for doing so. Subsequently, the hospitals were asked to pay up the extra amount with added interest.