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India Proposes Easing Price Controls For Some Makers Of Key Drugs

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

India's Cabinet ministers have proposed a certification process to give makers of key drugs an added advantage in setting prices. The proposal sent to the Law Ministry would offer a "gold standard" certificate to companies that meet certain conditions, including having at least 200 scientists on staff. Another requirement would be to have at least one manufacturing facility approved by two foreign regulators and to spend at least 5 percent of turnover on research and development. The certificate would allow them to claim a 200 percent maximum allowable post-manufacturing expense, compared with 150 percent for unqualified firms. The change would affect prices on 354 lifesaving drugs the government wants to bring under price controls. (Click here for more

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