US Price Fixing Probe Piles Pressure On Indian Generics Sector
A broad US investigation into price-fixing allegations could have sobering implications for the price-setting powers and revenues of Indian generic pharmaceutical firms in the US, a top Indian credit rating agency predicts.
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