Health care

For affordable stents

Print edition : March 17, 2017

A bare metal stent, or BMS (left), and a drug-eluting stent (DES), the two kinds of stents most widely used in India. The BMS is a mesh-like tube of thin wire without a coating. The DES is covered with a coating and slowly releases a drug in the artery in which it is introduced to block cell proliferation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of the NPPA's fixing of ceiling prices for stents at an election rally in Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh, on February 16. Photo: PTI

An unprotected left main stenting procedure under way at GKNM Hosptal in Coimbatore in June 2012. Photo: K. Ananthan

The fixing of ceiling prices for stents is much delayed and is at best a piecemeal intervention in a health-care industry that continues to remain unconscionably unregulated.
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