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NMRA issues MRPs for 60 essential meds

  • Consumers urged to complain online if violated

By Pamodi Waravita 

The Production, Supply, and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals State Ministry said yesterday (17) that complaints can be made online to the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) if medicines are sold at prices higher than the maximum retail price (MRP) imposed by the NMRA for 60 essential medicines. 

“Prices of 60 essential medicines and 131 brands have been regulated. However, many people are saying these days that different places are selling essential medicines at exorbitantly high prices. It is illegal to sell any medicine from these 60 essential medicines at a price higher than the MRP. Complaints regarding this matter can be made at complaints@nmra.gov.lk,” State Ministry Secretary Dr. S.K. Rathnayake said in a press release issued yesterday.

Furthermore, Dr. Rathnayake also denied claims that the prices of essential medicines have increased by 300% in the recent past. 

“Due to the depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar, the prices of these essential medicines were increased by approximately 9% in August this year,” he stated. 

News reports allege that prices of essential medicines have skyrocketed in recent times, with patients finding it extremely difficult to procure them. Currently, Sri Lanka is battling a foreign exchange crisis which has also led to the increase in the prices of essential food items and reported shortages of essential items.