BJP leader terms 'MRP' of medicines as 'Maximum Loot Price'

  • PTI, Jalandhar
  • Updated: May 21, 2014 19:15 IST

Terming 'Maximum Retail Price'(MRP) of medicines as 'Maximum Loot Price', a senior BJP leader today said the new central government should make medicines available to the common people at an affordable price.

Speaking to reporters here, BJP's national vice president Laxmi Kanta Chawla said, "Shopkeepers take advantage of the common people by selling medicines on MRP, though the same are available to shopkeepers at a much lesser price."
"This is not MRP, but 'Maximum Loot Price'," Chawala added.

Chawla, who has previously served as Health Minister in Punjab Government said the new NDA government at the Centre should make medicines available at cheaper prices to the general public.

"I have spoken to the BJP leadership in this regard. I have also forwarded my suggestions to the party...," Chawala said.

"When the Narendra Modi government would take charge and portfolios would be distributed, I would also speak to the concerned minister for providing medicines at an affordable price in the market," Chawala said.

She said the new government should encourage cheaper 'generic medicines' over 'branded' ones. Besides, government should also consider bringing a new law that would make it mandatory for doctors to prescribe cheaper medicines to the patients, Chawla added.

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