PM appreciates role of pharma sector in fight against pandemic

New Delhi, Apr 19 (FN Bureau) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with leaders of pharmaceutical industry via video conferencing and appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic. Mr Modi appreciated the way the pharma industry is working even in such trying conditions. The Prime Minister remarked that it is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘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.

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. He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir. To keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly, Mr Modi urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains. The Prime Minister also extended government’s support for facilities like Logistics and Transportation. He urged the industry to conduct more and more researches 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 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.

They highlighted the efforts made over the last one year in ensuring availability of drugs keeping manufacturing and logistics operational. The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, MoS (Health) Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister Chemical and Fertilizer D V Sadananda Gowda, MoS (C&F) Mansukh Mandaviya, Principal Secretary to PM, Dr V K Paul Member (H) NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary, Dr Balram Bharagava, DG ICMR, amongst other officers from Ministries / Departments of Central Government.