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India to Double Drug Regulator’s Staffing, Test Drugs at Ports

May 21, 2014

India plans to double its number of drug regulatory staff in three years and set up labs at ports to test the quality of exports.

The government will spend more than 30 billion rupees ($510 million) in the next three years to increase regulatory capacity at the federal and state levels, according to an e-mailed statement from India’s Press Information Bureau today.

The move comes after U.S. regulators placed import bans on Indian drugmakers including Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. and Wockhardt Ltd. U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg met with Indian government officials and drug company executives in February and said the agency would expand its local offices, train Indian officials and step up inspections of overseas plants.

The number of federal Indian regulatory staffers will be doubled to 1,000 and as many as 3,000 workers will be hired across the state agencies, according to the statement.

The government will show “zero tolerance,” Sudhanshu Pandey, joint secretary in the commerce ministry, said in the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ketaki Gokhale in Mumbai at kgokhale@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Anjali Cordeiro at acordeiro2@bloomberg.net Marthe Fourcade, David Risser


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