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Indian Pharma Sector Forum on Make, Develop and Innovate in India
Apr 19, 2016

Mr. Hansraj Ahir, Minister of State for Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals, Government  of India, has assured all support to the pharmaceuticals and life sciences industry to grow and reach global scales for catering to the burgeoning domestic and global markets.


While addressing the CII’s 13th National Pharmaceuticals Conclave today in New Delhi, the minister said that the industry should come forward to  address  the huge prospects and challenges  ahead in segments like manufacture of bulk drugs, medical equipment and in on research and development.  The government would  lend all possible support in the  endeavour to make India a quality  and cost effective pharma  hub. The programs launched recently, such as Make in India, Skill  India, Start up India etc. would give a critical push to the  entire chain of life sciences, he added.


Exhorting industry to look beyond their balance sheet, the minister observed that they should make quality drugs at affordable prices to the common man. In his regard, he mentioned about various initiatives taken by the present government to reduce the prices of  the life saving drugs to make them affordable to the common man. Diseases like diabetes, cardio vascular problems etc. are afflicting a large number of people particularly from the poorer strata of the society. “ We have to find newer approaches for diagnosis and treatment of  patients since such diseases go unnoticed, particularly  among  the poorer sections of the society,” he said.


While giving the keynote address, Dr VK Subburaj, Secretary,  Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers    said that the pharmaceutical sector in India would become a USD 300 billion industry by 2020. “ Achieving that target presents itself both prospects and challenges. On the one side industry should proactively gear up to emerge as a quality drug producer of the world, and on the other, there is the need for forging  greater synergies between the government , industry and other stakeholders,” he said, adding that it was important to have positive approach towards  conflict resolution among players  since some of the simple issues are taking longer time for their resolution.  “We have to develop a proactive approach to solve such issues based on the principle of give and take,” he pointed out.


Dr Subburaj said that with consultations with   the stakeholders the government has finalized a uniform marketing code and would be announced soon. It took a longer duration than that was warranted to finalize the code on account of differing views and perceptions among the stakeholders. He also said that an interministerial committee was formed recently and had meetings to frame the guidelines for  the environmental clearances needed for   the manufacture of bulk drugs. The notification of the guidelines will issued any day from now, he disclosed.


The Secretary also referred to several initiatives taken by the state governments in setting up the Bulk Drugs Parks, which are under various stages of planning and implementation. In this regard, he said that the efforts of India are  far below the achievement of China, where there are as many as thirty five  Rand D centres, which have sprung up to give a leg up to the pharmaceutical  sector. He also referred to the headway India has made in exporting  generic drugs in the recent years. “ Our exports are poised to increase in the coming years. We have achieved cost competiveness and now we have to focus on quality to further enhance our global foothold,” he told the industry. He also explained the initiatives of the government in revamping the drug control act and toning up the regulatory mechanism.


Earlier in his welcome address, Dr Rajiv I Modi, Chairman, CII national  can committee on pharma and CMD Cadila Pharmaceuticals mentioned about the need for ensuring higher returns on capital invested in the pharmaceutical sector to motivate  more domestic and international players  to invest in the sector.


Mr. KG Ananthakrishan, Co Chairman, CII National Committee on Pharma and MD, MSD Pharmaceuticals, said that pharma sector can play pivotal role in achieving the vision of “ Healthy India”. The theme of the conclave- Make, Develop and Innovate- encompasses the three critical  components that the industry can grow and contribute substantially to the national economy. 


Mr. Murtaza Khorakkiwala, Cochairman, CII National Committee on pharma and MD, Wockhardt wanted further incetivization of Rand D efforts and creating a strong patent regime.


19 April, 2016
New Delhi

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