Cardiac stent price cap lowered

The prices of drug eluting stents (DES) were recently reduced by about Rs 2,300 to just under Rs. 28,000 while the bare metal stents were marginally raised from Rs. 7,400 to Rs. 7,600. These caps were excluding GST.  With 5% GST, the new price cap on DES will be Rs 29,285 and on bare metal stents Rs 8,043. The trade margin allowed on stents remains the same at 8%. The revised price caps will be effective from Tuesday and remain in effect till March 31, 2019. The Naitonal Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has directed catheters, balloons and guide wirres to be mentioned separately in hospital bills.

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