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Pharma industry is unprepared to tackle pandemics, says doctor KV Surendranath of US Pharmacopeia

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Pharma industry is unprepared to tackle pandemics, says doctor KV Surendranath of US Pharmacopeia

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for diversification in pharma manufacturing to reduce dependence on one country -China. US Pharmacopeia, a public standards-setting organisation for drugs and food worldwide, says the spotlight is now on India.

In a conversation with CNBC-TV18's Archana Shukla, Doctor KV Surendranath, vice president of global sites at US Pharmacopeia, said that while managing drug shortages during a health crisis, the onus is on regulators to assess quality of drugs sourced. He added that substandard versions of "potential" COVID treatments like HCQ are already making way into the global supply chains, despite its efficacy being under question.
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