Delhi High Court Directs Setting Up Of Rare Diseases Fund, Committee & Notification Of Policy

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi High Court Directs Setting Up Of Rare Diseases Fund, Committee & Notification Of Policy Shreya Agarwal23 March 2021 12:25 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court today directed the Centre to set up a Rare Diseases Committee, a Rare Diseases Fund and to finalise and notify the National Health Policy for Rare Diseases on or before March 31, 2021 taking into account the court’s directions from today’s order.The Rare Diseases Committee, which has been designated as the nodal agency and primary manager of the Rare Diseases Fund, will…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court today directed the Centre to set up a Rare Diseases Committee, a Rare Diseases Fund and to finalise and notify the National Health Policy for Rare Diseases on or before March 31, 2021 taking into account the court’s directions from today’s order.The Rare Diseases Committee, which has been designated as the nodal agency and primary manager of the Rare Diseases Fund, will be responsible to carry out the task of examining applications for treatment and funding of rare diseases and will be set up at the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).Hearing a batch of petitions concerning children suffering from rare diseases, the Single Judge bench of Justice Prathiba Singh also directed for the setting up of a National Consortium for Research, Development and Therapeutics for Rare Diseases.Considering the report of an expert committee set up by it, and the affidavit on the matter by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the court today passed extensive directions in the matter.On an application for funding of a rare disease, a decision has to be taken by the Committee within two weeks, when received directly, and within four weeks when received through other instiutions notified under the Policy.While stating that the government may consider increasing the budget for rare diseases for the upcoming financial year, the Court has also directed that the entire unspent budget allocated for rare diseases for the past three years shall be immediately moved into the Rare Diseases Fund. Notably, it shall be possible for donors to make direct contributions to the Fund through the digital platform created under the Policy for crowd funding.The Consortium shall consist of the Department of Biotechnogy, ICMR, CSIR, other related ministry and departments. The Consortium shall inter alia look after research, the development of indigenous treatment, manufacturing of drugs, inclusion of persons in clinical trials etc.Earlier the Court had consituted a nine-member Committee to deal with issues being faced by persons suffering from rare diseases.The matter will be heard next on April 19.Click Here To Download OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more