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India Drug Research Support Program Given Quiet Death

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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India's seven-year program aimed at supporting pharmaceutical research has been allowed to die. An official with the Department of Science and Technology confirmed the fund has been dissolved, replaced by the general funds of the ministry. Begun in the 2000-2001 budget, the fund became controversial from the beginning and encountered jurisdictional problems between the DST and the Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry. Ending up in the DST, only the interest from the fund became available to the industry to support the expensive drug-development process. An industry representative also cited a problem with company reluctance to share research data with a government agency. (Click here for more

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