The government intends to revise the retailer discount on tablets, syrups, and suspensions containing plain paracetamol to up to 15% of the maximum retail price.
In this regard, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination issued a notification proposing changes to the Drugs Discount and Price Adjustment Rules, 2006.
According to the new procedure, the discount to retailers for tablets, syrups, and suspensions containing plain paracetamol will be calculated at a rate of up to 15% off the maximum retail price.
According to industry sources, the government has effectively reduced the discount to retailers on paracetamol rather than raising the medicine’s price.
Previously, retailers could get a 15% discount on tablets, syrups, and suspensions containing plain paracetamol. However, under the proposed amendment, the 15% limit has been removed, and companies are now permitted to offer a 15% discount to retailers.
This measure is unlikely to affect the market price or availability of paracetamol, but it will allow companies to reduce the discount to retailers.f