India's API Build-Up Plan To Bridle The Dragon
This article was originally published in Scrip
An Indian expert committee has recommended a raft of measures to revive and promote the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in the country, including the "judicious and liberal" use of anti-dumping duties and safeguards, with an eye on the country's huge reliance on Chinese imports.
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