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Modi’s generics-only drugs plan worries health experts and Indian pharma sector

Prime minister Narendra Modi is aiming to make medication more easily accessible to India’s poor

By: Sarwar Alam

India‘s plan to bring in a law to ensure doctors prescribe medicines only by their generic names risks proliferating the sale of substandard drugs in a country where regulation is already lax, doctors and pharmaceutical executives say. Prime minister Narendra Modi said last month that the government was looking at such a law to improve affordability of medicines in the country of 1.2 billion people, where the majority live on less than $2 a day. The government has not given any details or timeframe for the planned legislation but some in the industry fear that hasty execution could harm, not…

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