Pharma exports up 3 pc to USD 17.3 bn in 2017-18
The sector's exports in 2016-17 had declined to USD 16.7 billion as against USD 16.9 billion in the previous fiscal, according to commerce ministry data.
Import alerts by the US Food and Drug Administration, regulatory hurdles, and currency fluctuation also contributed to slow growth in the overseas shipments, an industry expert said.
The US is the top destination for Indian pharma exports, followed by the UK. America accounts for about 25 percent of the country's shipments. The other important destinations include South Africa, Russia, Nigeria, Brazil, and Germany.
Although the government is working on measures to promote exports in Japan and China, tough registration and regulatory procedures there act as the hindrance for domestic exporters.
Generic drugs form the largest segment of the Indian pharmaceutical sector, with 75 percent market share (in terms of revenues).
India supplies 20 percent of global generic medicines in terms of volume, making the country the largest provider of generic medicines globally.
Over 55 percent of India's exports go to highly regulated markets.
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