Over dependence on one country, China, for basic ingredients required to make medicines is a cause for concern, observed Justice N Kirubakaran of the Madras High Court.
India has emerged as a pioneer in pharmaceuticals. Yet, for the basic ingredients of medicine-making, it is heavily dependent on imports from one single neighbour nation – China. “This dependency handicaps us in responding effectively to security and other breaches by the neighbour. It also makes our patients to more often contend with spurious and sub-standard drugs and placing them in a vulnerable prospect of going without medicines if tensions escalate between the two countries, especially after Galwan valley tussle,” he said.
The Judge’s observations in his 226-page judgment was passed on a couple of writ petitions filed in 2017 by the city-based Vinkem Labs. The company that manufacturers medicines to treat cancer complained about lack of government support in carrying out generic