Indian Pharmaceutical Sector - Overview

Indian pharmaceuticals market is the third largest in the world in terms of volume. In terms of value it is ranked 13 in the world. It has the largest no. of FDA approved plants (around 500+) outside USA. The industry is expected to grow at 20% over the next 5 years. Currently, the industry is growing at 10-11%. India made a turnaround after patents regime, by focussing on reverse engineering new process and to manufacture the same at low cost. India is still to become a player in terms of drug innovation. The Government of India has unveiled 'Pharma Vision 2020' in 2013, to make India a global leader in drug manufacturing. It has reduced approval time for new facilities to boost investments. Further, the government has also put in place mechanisms such as the Drug Price Control Order a

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India's generic drug exports reaches 22% of world production

India's generic drug exports is growing at 22% over every year. According to Pharmaexil, generic exports accounts for around 20-22 per cent of the world?s production, covering more than 60,000 brands and 60 therapeutic classes. The APIs, generics and alternative systems of medicine ? climbed to $16.84 billion during 2016-17, with 34 per cent and 15 per cent supplied to the US and EU markets respectively. India has got extensive product portfolio, which provides the capability to manage and treat any ATC (Anatomical therapy classification) ? to the same quality as the innovators ? at highly affordable costs

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Strides Shasun receives USFDA approval for promethazine hydrochloride

Strides Shasun has received USFDA approval for promethazine hydrochloride tablets which is used to treat allergy symptoms, nausea and vomiting related to certain conditions. The product will be manufactured at the company?s Bengaluru facility and marketed by Strides Pharma Inc in the US market. The drug will be made available at strengths of 12.5mg, 25 mg and 50 mg. Currently, the market estimates for the drug in US market is USD 17 million.

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Indian government plans pharma technology upgradation fund for Rs. 5000 million

India is planning to set up a Rs 500-crore pharma technology upgradation fund which will facilitate cheaper loans to entities looking to upgrade their manufacturing facilities. Under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, it is already working on a proposal to establish a venture capital fund with a same corpus to provide cheaper loans to small and marginal companies planning to set up new units. Proposals are under consideration to rejuvenate the domestic pharma sector and make medicines more affordable. The department is also contemplating to launch a scheme for giving financial assistance in form of soft loans or interest subsidies to select manufacturing facilities. The government is working on setting up parks for pharma products and medical device parks. The government is also planning

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Karnataka to set up pharma park in Mudipu

Karnataka government is planning to setup a pharma park in Mudipu in Mangalore in Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka. The state government will provide 100 acres of land, while 170 acres of industrial land is available in the nearby Kanara Industrial Area. It is likely that the central government will be approached for the project. Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board is also set to improve infrastructure in the area.

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Indian Government to study impact of FDI in pharma

Indian government is likely to commission a study soon to assess the impact of foreign direct investment in existing pharmaceutical companies. In recent years, there were spate of FDI in brownfield where global majors have acquired local companies. Now, there is a concern that generic drugs production in India will be affected. With affordable healthcare being a challenge in a poor country, allowing foreign MNC in a strategic sector may lead to monopoly. The market size of the India's pharma industry is estimated at over $20 billion.

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Indian Pharma Industry market estimated at USD 15 billion

Indian Pharma industry market is estimated at USD 15 billion and is growing at a rate of 12% per annum in September 2015. Top 20 companies account for 64 per cent of the market and the top 8 are growing faster than the market. The industry has seen a consolidation phases with several mergers and acquisition. Some factors that contribute to leading pharma market are a thorough know-how in the manufacture of generics, rapidly developing research and development facilities with talented technical staffing, internationally recognised systems of pharmacy education, and a broad patient population pool enabling intense clinical trials. India accounts for 30.3 per cent (2,911) of 9619 Drug Master Files (DMFs) filed with the US, which is the highest outside the US.

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NPPA brings 18 more drugs under price control

Government of India has brought 18 more drugs under price control. Drugs used to treat cancer, inflammation, infections, and others to make life saving medicines affordable in the country. National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) the drug pricing regulator has fixed/revised the prices in respect of 39 formulation packs. Prices of formulations including Diclofenac Sodium, Clotrimazole, Mesalamine, Omeprazole+Domperidone and Vancomycin have been fixed. The latest move of the government will impact various pharmaceutical companies, including Abbott Healthcare, Cipla, Cadila Pharmaceuticals, Dr Reddy's Laboratories and Torrent Pharma.

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India develops nanotechnology enabled drugs

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Mohali has made a breakthrough in nano medicine. Currently, nano medicines technology are with US and Ireland only. The indigenous technology India will cut the cost of such drugs by almost half. Nano-crystals are tiny nanometre-sized particles of the drug that act faster and more efficiently than the conventional ones. The institute has already received the patent for the technology from India and has applied for patents from US and Europe. The nanotechnology-enabled drug delivery market is estimated to be $136 billion. Out of this, 60% share is expected to be occupied by nanocrystals. When compared to western technology, the indigenous process generates the nano-crystals directly as a solid powder, rather than as a

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