外文标题：Overdependence on China for drug ingredients worries NSA
NEW DELHI: India runs the risk of a severe shortage of medicines because of its over dependence on China for sourcing raw material for drugs, national security adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval has warned, TOI has learnt.
According to the NSA, India should take immediate concrete steps to create adequate infrastructure to become self-sufficient for manufacturing medicines which are essential in nature.
"The national security adviser had highlighted concerns related to overdependence on China for supply of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). Following this, a core committee of experts was formed under the health ministry and a policy would soon be finalized to boost domestic manufacturing of bulk drugs used in medicine formulations," a senior official in the government privy to the developments, told TOI.
Currently, India imports over 80-85% of API, or raw material used in medicines, from China. This is crucial because any kind of tension or adverse circumstances between the two countries have potential to lead to a crisis in public health in India.
it should be worry some, any thing comes out of china cant be trusted
COLRANBIRLAMBA lamba (PTA)
reduce and ban drugs from china
Veevaeck Swami ()
did the Government do anything to reduce this dependence of continue to kowtow Beijing....this was a known fact since ages..
chetan pais (Bangalore)
Our dear Modi ji should look into the matter immediately and sort out the issue.
meetfire withfire ()
Yes India has to be self reliant on manufacturing her own APIs. On a side note it is also naive to fume that the quality of chinese goods is poor by default. If they are really that bad, Apple and most of other companies would not be using China either. The point is quality comes at the right cost. If we believe in discounts and huge and unfair bargains, it is natural for businesses to have an impact on quality.
Siva Rama Krishnan (Doop)
As long as the babus give concession to Chinese products and not allow local manufacture the situation will get worse.
akash76 y (Hyd)
Ajit Sawant (Mumbai)
This will not only reduce import from China but would also create additional jobs in the country itself. Thus fulfilling the " Make in India" dream of our PM Modi . It will also save precious foreign exchange.