National Pharmaceutical Price Authority (NPPA) has issued a notice to all pharmaceutical associations. NPPA warns that it will constrained to take appropriate action against their member companies who have yet to register in the Integrated Pharmaceutical Database Management system (IPDMS).
IPDMS is a system which aims at facilitating online submission of mandatory returns/reports under the DPCO 2013 by manufacturers, including companies which make, import and market drugs for distribution or sale in the country. IPDMS has been developed by DPCO with collabration with National Infomatic Centre.
NPPA will be launching this system shortly. NPPA has urged the associations to impress upon their members companies to register themselve with IPDMS immediately. From top 100 companies, 59 companies have not yet registered for this. NPPA issued notice dated May 1 and has alerted to take appropriate actions against non-registered pharma companies under provision of DPCO 2013 read along with the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
Nearly 300 pharma companies has been registered with this system covering more than 20000 formulation packs. Well known companies like cadila pharma, Dr Reddy’s lab, Mankinkind pharma, MSD, Cipla etc are not registered yet for IPDMS.
According to NPPA, “Availability of reliable database is a necessary pre-requisite for carrying out the functions of price fixation and price revision with respect to scheduled drugs; price fixation with respect to new drugs; monitoring the production and availability of scheduled formulations and the active pharmaceutical ingredients contained in the scheduled formulations; and monitoring the prices of non-scheduled formulations.”
Online Registration under IPDMS includes company details, head office/corporate office address, contact person details, product source details and product details etc.
As per the IPDMS, pharma manufacturers have register online which has been initiated by the NPPA. The initial target date for implementation of the system was by October last year.