Sunday, April 14, 2024
Advertisement
  1. You Are At:
  2. News
  3. India
  4. Big relief for people! Centre exempts basic customs duty on imported drugs to treat rare diseases

Big relief for people! Centre exempts basic customs duty on imported drugs to treat rare diseases

The drugs or medicines generally attract basic customs duty of 10 per cent.

Arushi Jaiswal Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal New Delhi Published on: March 30, 2023 11:45 IST
basic customs duty, imported drugs, rare diseases
Image Source : FILE/REPRESENTATIVE The import duty waiver will come into effect from April 1.

New Delhi: To provide much needed relief to the people, the Central Government exempted basic customs duty on all drugs and food for special medical purposes imported for personal use for treatment of all rare diseases listed under the National Policy for Rare Diseases 2021 through a general exemption notification, informed the Ministry of Finance on Thursday.

The import duty waiver will come into effect from April 1. The Government has also fully exempted Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) used in treatment of various cancers from basic customs duty.

Also Read: Essential medicines to become costlier as drug companies allowed price hike

"The Central Government has given full exemption from basic customs duty on all drugs and Food for Special Medical Purposes imported for personal use for treatment of all Rare Diseases listed under the National Policy for Rare Diseases 2021," a ministry statement read.

Food for Special Medical Purposes is a food formulation intended to provide nutritional support to persons who suffer from a specific disease, disorder or a medical condition, as a part of their dietary management.

To avail exemption importer has to produce a certificate 

In order to avail this exemption, the individual importer has to produce a certificate from Central or State Director Health Services or District Medical Officer or Civil Surgeon of the district.

Also Read: DGCI issues notice to Amazon, Flipkart among other e-pharmacies over sale of drugs without license

Drugs or medicines attract basic customs duty of 10 pc

As per the ministry, the drugs or medicines generally attract basic customs duty of 10 per cent while some categories of lifesaving drugs or vaccines attract concessional rate of 5 per cent or nil.

While exemptions have already been provided to specified drugs for treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy or Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the Government has been receiving many representations  seeking customs duty relief for drugs and medicines used in treatment of  other rare diseases.

Drugs or special foods required for the treatment of these diseases are expensive and need to be imported. It is estimated that for a child weighing 10 kg, the annual cost of treatment for some rare diseases, may vary from Rs 10 lakh to more than Rs 1 crore per year with treatment being lifelong and drug dose and cost, increasing with age and weight. “This exemption will result in substantial cost savings and provide much needed relief to the patients,” the ministry added.

Advertisement

Read all the Breaking News Live on indiatvnews.com and Get Latest English News & Updates from India

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement