By ICN GroupChemical, March 23, 2020

Indian Pharma industry to manufacture testing Kits for COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the leaders of pharma industry via video conferencing and asked them to manufacture RNA testing kits for COVID-19 on war footing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the leaders of pharma industry via video conferencing and asked them to manufacture RNA testing kits for COVID-19 on war footing.   
 
Narendra Modi said that not only does the industry need to ensure maintenance of supply lines of essential medicines, medical kits and equipment, but at the same time should try to come up with new and innovative solutions.
 
He said that the government is committed to helping the industry in maintaining supply of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), underlining the importance of manufacture of such APIs within the country. 
 
He said that in order to ensure production of critical drugs and medical equipment within the country, the government has approved schemes worth Rs. 10,000 crores and Rs. 4,000 crores respectively.
 
Prime Minister said that in this hour of need, it is imperative for the industry to work continuously and also ensure that there is no shortage of workforce in the pharma sector. 
 
He suggested exploration of home-delivery model to allow for maintenance of social distancing at pharmacies, and also promotion of usage of digital payment mechanisms to prevent the spread of the virus.
 
The Associations said that they are committed to maintaining supply of essential medicines and equipment, and are also working on developing vaccines. They said that government’s policy announcements for the pharma sector will give the sector a huge boost.

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