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    ...In their article ‘Address this blockage’ (IE, July 27), K.M. Cherian and Ajeet Arul Kumar acknowledge that the capping of stent prices has made them affordable, but use flawed arguments to suggest that there may be adverse consequences to patients and the indigenous stent industry. A major argument against price capping is that the “latest generation” of stents will not be available to the Indian public at these prices. This is a disingenuous assertion. Successive “generations” of stents in the current era represent small improvements in design which have no documented impact on outcomes that are most important to patients (rates of reblockage, heart attacks or death). In fact, the best performing stents are currently available in the country at or below the current ceiling price. ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 3, 2017, midnight