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India Customs Says Pfizer Imported Pure Antibiotic Described as Poultry Feed (India)

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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India's Customs Department has ordered Pfizer to pay 18 percent more duty on a shipment of an antibiotic it had represented as poultry feed subject to a lower duty. India's Supreme Court requested a Pfizer response to the customs notice that grew out of a May 1999, shipment the department said contained Virginiamycin, which it termed a pure antibiotic. Customs said Pfizer also imported into India at least 14 other shipments describing them as containing poultry feed instead of the antibiotic, and which the company had said was used not for treating a disease, but as a growth promoter for poultry. (Click here for more
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