Tweak API Scheme For ‘Self-Reliant’ India, Says Industry
Dr Reddy’s Considers Investment
Companies including Dr Reddy’s will consider investing in new API units if the Indian government tweaks its incentive scheme to permit exports of surplus production. Other suggested changes to the $1.3bn stimulus, aimed at enhancing the country's medicines security, include extending incentives to brownfield expansions and removing restrictions on a change in product mix.
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As India revealed finer details of two schemes to promote bulk drug production, Mankind Pharma and Aarti Drugs spelled out a preference for chemical synthesis products - they are likely to be joined by more companies reluctant to invest in some that are fermentation-based. Whether a “plug and play” format for bulk drug parks will attract foreign investment remains to be seen.
A recent military skirmish with China and a 35-40% average increase in prices of drug raw materials has seen India step up scrutiny of imports from the country. While the industry is seeking a hike in domestic formulations prices, product shortages are not expected in the short term.
India shapes new production-linked incentives scheme for critical APIs to ensure self-reliance and cut massive dependence on imports from China, but much will depend on actual implementation, including timely clearances. Pharma will also need to 'walk the talk' alongside.