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Cardiac Stent Details and Cost

500,000 Cardiac stents were implanted in India in 2015…

With a significant increase in heart ailments, usage of stents in India has grown tremendously. Stents are used in Angioplasty which is a non-invasive method to treat heart blockages. During Angioplasty a balloon is inflated in the artery to open up the artery and improve the blood flow. The balloon is then deflated and a stent is then placed in position to ensure that the artery continues to remain open. Angioplasty can be done for one-, two- or three-vessel blockages and convalescence is also fast. For best results, stenting should be done within 6 hours of a heart attack.

There has been continuous advancement in stents for improved performance. Bare metal stents are the most economical and were the first to be developed, but are not preferred nowadays. While in use inside the body, narrowing of artery used to occur (known as restenosis) at the location of bare metal stent itself, in certain number of cases. To tackle this problem, drug-eluting stents were developed, which release a drug slowly while it is in position inside the human body.

The latest development is bio-degradable stent or bio-absorbable stent which is made of polylactide, a common material in used dissolving sutures, allowing it to be resorbed by the body over time, leaving behind a treated blood vessel free to move, flex, pulsate and dilate. This stent starts dissolving after a year and by two years it's gone completely.

Ensure that hospitals do not charge high charges for stents…

Most of the Angiplasties involve drug-eluting stents which cost upto Rs 1.5 Lakhs in private hospitals and upto Rs 60,000 in Government hospitals. Bio-degradable stents (also known as bio-absorbable vascular scaffold - BVS) are expensive and cost above Rs 2 Lakhs. The very high cost of imported stents is on account of hefty margins added by all the three entities in the supply chain viz.the importer, distributor and finally the hospital.

If your relative or friend has to go in for an Angioplasty, you can opt for drug-eluting stent imported from Abbott (Brands: Xience-V, Xience Prime, Xpedition), Medtronic (Brands: Resolute, Resolute Integrity) or Boston Scientific (Brands: Promus Element, Promus Element +, Promus Premier). If the doctor or hospital permits, you can consider a stent manufactured in India which costs much less at Rs 12,000 to Rs 30,000. However, it is to be noted that despite higher costs, doctors prefer imported stents since they believe that safety of these stents is supported by vast amount of test data. Bio-absorbable stents are not made in India.

To enable you to contact the stent suppliers for ascertaining prices, we are providing their contact particulars in Resources below. In view of public outcry over high stent prices, Government of India has recently added stents to the national list of essential medicines. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has recommended that manufacturers and importers of stents should print Maximum Retail Price (MRP) on the original pack of the stent. Such a step, when implemented, would put an end to the present practice of arbitrarily jacking-up prices. There is a possibility that Government may even place a cap on stent prices.

Stents and medicines at 50-60% discount...

Govt of India, Ministry of Health has launched a programme called AMRIT (Affordable Medicines & Reliable Implants for Treatment) under which pharmacies in Govt-run hospitals will sell stents, implants as well as cardiovascular and cancer drugs at prices 50-60% cheaper than market prices. Presently these outlets are operational at AIIMS, RML and Safdarjung Hospitals in Delhi and Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai.

The Government has also launched 'Jan Aushadi' stores which will offer 439 life-saving medicines, including cancer and cardio-vascular drugs, as well as 250 medical devices like stents and implants. Over 3,000 'Jan Aushadi' stores should be operational across the country by 2017. 

 

 

Resources

Boston Scientific India Pvt. Ltd.

8th Floor, Tower A, DLF Epitome, Building No. 5, Phase III, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon 122002

0124-492 3300

Web Page

Envision Scientific Pvt. Ltd.

Office 1~3, Silver Palm II, Opposite Snehmilan Garden, Kadampalli, Nanpura, Surat-395002

0261-246 0003

envisionscientific.com

Invent Bio-Med Pvt Ltd

517, Laxmi Plaza, New Link Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai 400053

022-2632 4234, 3244 6459

www.inventbio-med.com

Lancer Medical Technology Ltd

41, Newyork Tower-A, Nr. Thaltej Cross Road, S.G. Highway, Ahmedabad 380054.

079-2685 4537 / 38

www.lancermedtech.com

Medtronics International Ltd

1241, Solitaire Corporate Park, Andheri Ghatkopar Link Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400093

022-3307 4700 / 01 / 02 / 03

medtronic.co.in

Meril Life Sciences India Pvt.Ltd.

512/513, Midas Tower, Sahar Plaza, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400059

022-4047 9797

www.merillife.com/

MIV Therapeutics (India) Pvt. Ltd.

136-B, Surat Special Economic Zone, Road No. 4, G.I.D.C Sachin, Surat 394230

0261-239 7066, 239 8016

www.mivtindia.com

Multimedics

506/507 Samedh, Near Associated Petrol Pump, C.G. Road, Ahmedabad

079-3000 6999

www.multimedicsllc.com

Nano Therapeutics Pvt Ltd

Plot No. D-54/2, Hojiwala Industrial Estate, Road No. 23, Near Gate No. 3, Sachin Palsana Highway, Sachin, Surat 394230

0261-645 0898

www.nano-therapeutics.net

Purple Medical Solutions Pvt Ltd

Office No.615/616, 6th Floor, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, P&T Staff Colony, Mulund West, Mumbai 400080

022-2591 6811

purplemedical.com

Sahajanand Medical Technologies Pvt.Ltd.

Wakhariawadi, Near Dabholi Char Rasta, Ved Road, Surat 395004

0261-306 0606

www.smtpl.com

Translumina Therapeutics

011-2874 2874

translumina.in

Vascular Concepts Limited

No. 19, SV Complex (1st Floor), Bellary Road, Hebbal, Bangalore 560024

080-2343 8146 to 49

vascularconcepts.com