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Novartis, AstraZeneca Pledge Support For Russia At St. Petersburg Economic Forum In Latest Big Pharma Move To Go Local

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Russia Premier Vladimir Putin has said he wants multinational pharmaceutical companies to manufacture drugs in Russia and support development of the local industry as part of a $4 billion government initiative to reform the Russia healthcare market by 2020. So perhaps it is not too surprising that both Novartis AG and AstraZeneca PLC chose to re-emphasize their commitments to Russia by each issuing press releases June 16 to coincide with the kickoff of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

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