Indian Govt mulls mandatory barcoding of all medicines
The government plans to make barcoding mandatory on all medicines sold locally in a bid to offset India’s growing reputation as a source of counterfeit medicines. While the system is already in place for medical devices and export of medicines to ensure their authenticity and traceability, the Union health ministry plans to take a tough stance for the domestic market as well despite resistance from drug companies. “In current times, our major concern in the pharmaceutical market is authenticity of drugs which is more important than traceability. In order to prevent counterfeit medicines in the country, we had proposed the idea of implementing barcoding back in 2015. Currently, this remains voluntary. But in the next phase of policy planning, we are planning to make it mandatory for all drug manufacturers to use barcoding in the domestic drug market as used in exports," said R. Chandrashekar, deputy drugs controller, Central Drugs Standards Control Organization (CDSCO) under the health ministry.

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Competing bid from Germany puts security printing press deal with France in limbo
Despite an existing memorandum of understanding with France on setting up a  state-of-the-art security printing facility  in Nepal, a competing bid from Germany has placed the government in a fix, just as Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli prepares to visit France on Saturday. Both France and Germany’s proposals will cost Nepal Rs32 billion, but their funding modalities are different. France has proposed a mixed model of a soft loan of 100 million euros along with technology transfer while Germany has offered a complete soft loan of 260 million euros at 2 percent interest to build the printing facility at an information and communication park in Banepa, Kavre. For more click here

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