Supreme Court of India has asked the Government to come up with new Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) by mid of November, 2012. Additional Solicitor-General (ASG) Siddarth Luthra told a Bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and S.J. Mukhopadhaya that the policy required Cabinet approval. He said, “The Cabinet will finalize the drug policy by mid-November. The essential drugs list will be notified a week thereafter under the Drug Price Control Order to include 348 drugs. The existing essential drugs list has only 74 items.” The government had finalized 348 drugs to be included in the DPCO schedule, but was yet to do so formally.