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Strict Action Against Pharma Companies, Warns Health Minister

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday said the government would take strict action against pharma companies found to be involved in the manufacturing of spurious medicines across the country.

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“Pharma companies who are found involved in the manufacturing of spurious medicines will not be spared,” Mandaviya said.

The minister on a two-day visit to the state interacted with health workers and beneficiaries on this occasion.

“The issues of medicines are definitely linked with public health. Medicine is a public health issue,” he said.

He informed that there were over 10,500 pharma companies dealing with the manufacturing of medicines in the country. “We have taken action against erring companies in the past”.

Mandaviya said, today, these centres are making cheap and quality medicines available in every corner of the country.

He wrote on his Twitter handle: “Visited Janaushadhi Kendra in Dehradun. People who came to buy medicines at the centre said that their out-of-pocket expenses have decreased considerably due to the Jan Aushadhi Kendra”.

The Union Health Minister will lay the foundation stone of three Critical Care Blocks (CCB) for infectious diseases in Uttarakhand on Friday.

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