Pharma Exports may Grow by 20 Percent

Wednesday, 31 August 2011, 10:44 Hrs
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HYDERABAD: Indian Pharma exports is likely to register 17-20 percent growth this fiscal, touching the $12 billion mark, a top official of Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil) said.

"Last year we exported $10.3 billion worth of pharma products registering 17.5 percent growth over a year before. We hope it (the growth) will be between 17-20 percent in this fiscal," PV Appaji, Executive Director, Pharmexcil.

India's largest export destination is still the USA followed by the UK, Germany, South Africa and Russia. Segment-wise generics account for 58 percent of the total exports, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) 40 percent and Ayurvedic/herbal/neutracueticals two percent, according to industry reports.

According to international consulting firm Pricewaterhouse, by 2020 the pharmaceutical market is anticipated to be at $1.3 trillion, with the E7 countries -- Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and Turkey, accounting around for one fifth of global pharmaceutical sales.

Appaji said Pharmexcil has begun receiving comments on the new European directive that mandates compulsory certification by Indian authorities that the export-oriented drugs are EU complacent.

He said all the comments will be sent to the Ministry of Commerce which will initiate a dialogue with the EU.

"We have sought industry comments on the issue which will be sent to Commerce Ministry. Then they will take up the issue. May be in 10-15 days time, we will send our comments," Appaji said.

The new directive may have significant impact on the pharma exports to EU, which accounts for 15 per cent.

"They are asking for a technical person or a competent person to sign the consignment that the Indian exporter is following EU Good Manufacturing Practices. In our country it will be drug controller general who has to certify," the Pharmexcil chief said.
Source: PTI
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