Vietnam bans drugs from 45 Indian pharma firms

Vietnam has shown the door to almost 45 Indian pharmaceutical companies, banning the drugs supplied by these companies in its market

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India is one of the largest suppliers of medicines to South-East Asian countries like Vietnam and African countries like Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana

Claiming that the drugs supplied by at least 45 Indian pharmaceutical companies are not of standard quality (NSQ), the Drug Administration of Vietnam (DAV) has banned drugs by these firms on its land.

Some major Indian drug makers like Strides Arcolab, Medley Pharmaceuticals, Marck Biosciences, Marksans Pharma and UMedica Laboratories are also part of the list of banned drug makers.

News reports specified that all the companies in the banned list failed the DAV quality tests between January 1, 2011 and October 25, 2013.

Vietnam has also banned drugs from nine Korean companies, two companies from Bangladesh, two from France, and one each from the US, Philippines, Pakistan, Russia, Indonesia, Germany, Cyprus, and Canada.

As per Indian health ministry sources, India is one of the largest suppliers of medicines to South-East Asian countries like Vietnam and African countries like Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana.

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