Exclusive: If Modi Really Wants Affordable Medicines, Why is Niti Aayog Pushing in the Opposite Direction?

New Delhi: I reported a series of stories on the moves by NITI Aayog to stop India’s recent policy changes towards drug price capping. 

2 May 2017
“Niti Aayog Meddling in Drug Pricing, Alleges RSS-Linked Outfit in Letter to PM”
Swadeshi Jagran Manch has written to the Prime  Minister, accusing several government arms of lobbying for pharmaceutical companies and negating the NPPA’s attempts to make medicines affordable.
https://thewire.in/131226/niti-aayog-government-departments-meddling-drug-pricing-alleges-rss-outfit/

3 May 2017
“If Modi Really Wants Affordable Medicines, Why is Niti Aayog Pushing in the Opposite Direction?”
Documents from October 2016 to April 2017 show that NITI Aayog and other departments have been pushing for drug price deregulation, even while PM Modi bats for affordable medicines.
https://thewire.in/131449/niti-aayog-modi-affordable-medicines/

13 May 2017
“NITI Aayog Vs Modi: Disagreement on Affordable Drugs Widens”
NITI Aayog’s research on drug deregulation continues unabated, even as two Union ministers have said they will follow the prime minister’s vision on affordable healthcare.
https://thewire.in/135136/narendra-modi-niti-aayog-affordable-medicines/

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