Stents will soon bear their MRPs


Medical devices such as stents, heart valves and orthopaedic implants will soon have to declare the maximum retail price (MRP) and consumers will no longer have to remain in the dark on their exact costs.
The consumer affairs ministry has come out with this proposal after recommendation from the department of pharmaceuticals.

Sources in the ministry said earlier all medical devices were covered under the Legal Metrology (Packaged) Commodities Rules.But in 1995 some of them were declared as drugs and so they stopped mentioning MRP . “A sub-committee set up to propose changes in the rules recommended bringing them back under MRP regime. All items covered under these rules will need to mention the place of origin and assembling,“ said an official. He added non-application of MRP led to a crisis where consumers were charged arbitrarily by hospitals for medical devices.

The amendments in rules will also make it mandatory for all packaged items sold online or through ecommerce sites to mention MRP to end any ambiguity whether online firms are actually giving the huge discounts that they claim in their advertisements.

The changes will be notified by this month end.

Moreover, every packaged product for human consumption will have to mention the date specifying “best before“ (date of minimum durability) or “use by“ (expiry date) for consumer information