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Do Viroferonpeg and Rebetol fall into the category of life saving drugs?

Q: I am under medical treatment for hepatitis C. I am taking injection Viroferonpeg and capsule Rebetol under the supervision of a doctor. Are these medicines scheduled as life saving medicines, under tax laws?

A:There are so many taxes in India. There is no such list of Life Saving Medicines since every drug can save life of the affected person. The only applicable concession is the exemption from custom duty for imported finished medicinal products declared life-saving by the Ministry of Commerce on the recommendation of the Ministry of Health. If the products are manufactured in India, the question of any exemption does not arise.

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