Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains to keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly. He also extended government’s support for facilities like Logistics and Transportation. The Prime Minister said this while interacting with leaders of the pharmaceutical industry via video conferencing.

The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic. He appreciated the way the pharma industry is working even in such trying conditions. Noting the second wave of the virus and rising number of cases, Mr Modi commended the pharma industry for their efforts to increase production of several necessary drugs and also appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir.

PM Modi remarked that it is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as the ‘pharmacy of world’. He said essential medicines were made available to more than 150 countries around the world during the pandemic. The Prime Minister stated that despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 per cent in exports last year, which shows its potential.

He urged the industry to conduct more and more research on threats which can occur in the future along with Covid. This, he said, would help us take the lead in combating the virus. Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, Mr Modi assured that the government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes.

The leaders of the Pharma industry appreciated the proactive help and support received from the Government. The participants also share inputs on the measures being undertaken to meet the overall medicine demand in the country despite the unprecedented increase in demand for some drugs the COVID Treatment Protocol.

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