NEW DELHI: Delhi high court on Friday revoked two orders of the Centre to cap condom prices, saying these were "illegal and unsustainable".
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw set aside the November 4, 2013 and July 10, 2014 orders of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) by which a ceiling was put on the prices of condoms by including it in the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO).
The court's verdict came on the plea of two pharma firms, Reckitt Benckiser and J K Ansell Ltd (JKAL), manufacturers of luxury condom brands "Durex", "Kohinoor" and "Kamasutra" challenging the price cap imposed by the government.
The manufacturers argued that their products are 'devices' not 'medicines' that need to be price controlled. On its part the government said if luxury condoms were removed from the DPCO, then the manufacturers would flood the market with their expensive varieties and make their lesser-priced contraceptives scarce.
Nath (Hyderabad) 4 hrs ago
Removing cap on their prices is justified. But treating them as device is absurd. It is preventive medical consumables.
Is condom a drug? How come it is considered under drug price control? If you can, control the prices of stints and other artificial devices that are used to replace human parts.
There should be price as well as quality control on everything. It's government duty to control prices to curb inflation. court should not interfere in such matter. If all policy matters is to be decided by court then what is the use of government.
1 hr ago
TO CONTROL POPULATION IT IS VERY ESSENTIAL FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE CONDOMS FREE OF COST OR ON A THROW AWAY PRICE THROUGH CONDOM VENDING MACHINES.
1 hr ago
They want to provide cheap stuff for mass consumption & want costly/luxury product to be sold cheap. This contradictory mindset is common even among the rich in our society. Those who can afford may have what they want but they must shell out money for it.