Indian Pharma Industry Has Only Two To Three Months Stock Of Chinese APIs
Capsules are laid out for inspection on the production line of a drug factory. (Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

Indian Pharma Industry Has Only Two To Three Months Stock Of Chinese APIs

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Describing the situation in terms of raw material import from China as "grim," India Pharmaceutical Alliance said the Indian Pharma Industry has enough stocks of active pharmaceutical ingredients for two to three months only.

Speaking on the sidelines of BioAsia 2020, IPA Secretary General Sudarshan Jain said they were in touch with the government, seeking faster environmental clearances for some of the API manufacturing units so that dependence on China was reduced.

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According to Jain, India imports Rs 17,000 crore worth of APIs from the novel Coronavirus-hit nation. "It is a very critical and serious situation. No one has got the full predictability of what is happening. We have inventories for two to three months," Jain said.

"What we are trying to do is work with the government to see the environmental clearances can be given faster wherever there are issues so that they (the APIs which are being imported from China) can be manufactured in India and we can have an alternate source of supplies," he said.

Jain said as such China has extended Lunar holidays in that country and the situation may ease from March first week. "If we start having the supplies from the first week of March (from China), we should be able to come out of the problem. However, it is very difficult to predict whether the situation improves. We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis,” he added. Replying to a query, he said the Indian pharma industry may also consider some of the European destinations for API supplies.

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