Delhi HC urges Center to consider full exemption from import duties on amphotericin B – The New Indian Express
New Delhi [India], May 27 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the central government to consider a complete lifting of import duties on the drug Amphotericin B, for a limited period until the drug shortage is resolved in the country.
A division bench of Judges Vipin Sanghi and Judge Jasmeet Singh said amphotericin B, used to treat mucormycosis or black fungus, is needed to save the lives of sufferers across the country and the central government should consider a complete lifting of import duties for the drug. until the issue of drug scarcity is resolved.
The Court also stated that anyone can import amphotericin B and that it can be cleared by accepting the importer’s bond without actual payment of duty until a final decision is made on said aspect. .
The Court, while dealing with the issue of the scarcity of amphotericin B, also observed that the central government had assured that customs would clear any shipment of drugs containing black fungus without delay.
The court also noted another order from the Delhi High Court Division Bench, which ruled that IGST’s imposition on the importation of oxygen generators as gifts for personal use was unconstitutional and has canceled the official government notification on this matter.