China producing fake drugs with “made in India” tags
Vincent Van Ross | June 8, 2009 at 06:24 pmby
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“Nigeria says a large consignment of fake anti-malarial generic drugs seized recently carried “Made in India” tag but was produced in China,” according to a report carried in the Indian national daily ‘The Times of India.'
Indian Ambassador to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Nigeria, Mahesh Sachdeva, alerted the commerce secretary to the Indian government, GSK Pillai, about the consignment of Chinese made medicines impounded in Nigeria with ‘Made in India’ tags. Subsequently, the Indian government lodged a strong protest with the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi and also with China’s foreign trade ministry.
This is a serious matter. It exposes China’s unfair trade practices directed at maligning the reputation of Indian manufacturers. Also, what has been exposed may be a tip of the iceberg. This may not be restricted to Nigeria. In fact, it may extend to the whole of Africa where so much of fake drugs are being traded.
This is likely to tarnish the image of the Indian industry and cause massive damage to India’s reputation and market share in foreign trade. This will also make a dent in Indian’s case for generics at the World Health Organisation and Word Trade Organisation.