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Mar 05, 2020

No shortage of API, medicines to fight Coronavirus outbreak: D.V. Sadananda Gowda

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D.V. Sadananda Gowda has said that there is no shortage of any API - Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and medicines in the country to fight the Coronavirus outbreak.

He was addressing the 5th International Exhibition and Conference on the Pharmaceutical and Medical Industry at Gandhinagar in Gujarat today. He said that the Central Government has taken all initiatives to minimize the impact of Novel Corona Virus in India. He said that Coronavirus is a challenge and we should make all efforts that need to be taken.

Mr Gowda said that we are the world's largest generic drug maker and we have restricted the export of common medicines such as paracetamol and 25 other pharmaceutical ingredients and drugs made from them. He said that we have also restricted the export of common antibiotics Metronidazole and those used to treat bacterial and other infections as well as Vitamin B1 and B12 ingredients. A notification by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade-DGFT had said the export of 26 APIs and formulations would require a licence. 

Three-day conference has been organized by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of Gujarat and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry- FICCI. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandavia also spoke on this occasion. 

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