To take advantage of the exemption, the personal importer will have to obtain a certificate from the Central or State Health Service Director, District Medical Officer or Civil Surgeon of the district.
Amidst the news of costlier medicines from April 1, a relief news has come. The Government of India has given a lot of relief to those people of the country, whose family members are suffering from serious illness and they have to import medicines from abroad. . The government has abolished basic custom duty on imported medicines and special food for the treatment of all rare diseases listed under the National Rare Disease Policy 2021.
How to get the benefit of discount
This exemption will be available only to those people who will import medicines for personal use. Also, the government has given exemption on pembrolizumab (Keytruda), which is used to treat cancer. To take advantage of this exemption, the personal importer will have to take a certificate from the Central or State Health Service Director, District Medical Officer or Civil Surgeon of the district.
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how much is tax
By the way, 10 percent basic duty is levied on such medicines, while 5 percent tax is kept on life saving drugs and injections. While some drugs have already been exempted for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy or Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the Center received several requests for custom duty relief for drugs used for the treatment of other rare diseases following which The government has taken this decision.
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People will get a lot of relief
There is a cost of medicines or special food required for the treatment of these diseases and they are imported. According to PIB, the annual cost of treatment for some rare diseases can range from Rs 10 lakh to more than Rs 1 crore for a child weighing 10 kg. In addition, there is treatment for life. The dosage and cost of the medicine increase with age and weight. The government said that this custom duty exemption will provide relief to many people of the country.