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India Satisfied With Change In WHO Counterfeit Drug Definition

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Indian authorities appear to have put to rest fears the products of Indian drug makers would be labeled counterfeit under a new UN agency rule. The World Health Organization-funded agency had proposed a definition that would have identified counterfeits as those with a "false representation about their identity, history or source." Indian representatives argued at the WHO such a definition could include legitimate generics. Surinder Singh, the Drug Controller General of India, said the WHO has agreed to drop the word "history" from the definition, addressing a major Indian complaint, but that intellectual property right and trademark issues remain problems for the government. (Click here for more
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