AMCHAM Medical Devices Committee Meeting – 9th November 2015
The Medical Devices Committee had its quarterly meeting at BD office in Gurgaon on 9th November 2015. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Prabal Chakraborty, Chairman-AmCham Medical Devices Committee and MD, Boston Scientific India. The meeting agenda included discussion on the recent pricing issue post the meeting at Department of Pharmaceuticals on October 29, 2015 wherein the medical devices industry was asked to voluntarily reduce prices of the medical devices by 50%. To coordinate response on this government’s request with other industry associations, AmCham had also invited representatives from CII, FICCI, USIBC and AdvaMed. Ms. Robyn Kessler and Ms. Bhavna Vishwakarma from the US Embassy also participated in the discussions.
Other agenda items included engagement with Telangana State Health Department, discussion on training programs for drug regulators and way forward for the committee but the pricing discussion dominated the agenda and other agenda items could not be discussed during the meeting for which AmCham will be organizing a meeting/telecom soon.
Several of the senior members from the medical industry attended the meeting. Other industry associations had also sent their representatives for the meeting. AmCham secretariat was represented by Mr. Gaurav Mendiratta during the meeting.