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Scheduled drugs’ list

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Scheduled drugs’ list:


Bombay High Court has asked the Centre to include Remdesivir in the list of scheduled drugs and to regulate its pricing.

  • The direction came while the Bench was hearing a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) petition on the shortage of oxygen, non-availablity of Remdesivir, Tocilizumab injections, and hospital beds in Nagpur district.

Other measures suggested by the Court:

The court also said that it is possible to regulate the pricing if a liberal interpretation is given to the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act (DCA).

  • The provisions of the DCA allow restriction or regulation of prices of a drug that was essential during a natural calamity or epidemic.
  • Both the Drugs Control Act and DCA enable the central government to issue a notification to fix rates of essential drugs during an epidemic.

Need for:

If the powers conferred on the Central government are exercised, it will go a long way. It will stop extortion of money from families of COVID-19 patients, and will also put a full stop to the black-marketing of the drug.


The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 contains provisions for classification of drugs under given schedules and there are guidelines for the storage, sale, display and prescription of each schedule.


Prelims Link:

  1. Classification of drugs in India.
  2. Schedule H vs X drugs.
  3. Important drugs under this schedule.

Mains Link:

What are scheduled drugs? How are they classified? Discuss.

Sources: the Hindu.