Minister of Railways, Commerce & Industry, and Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution Piyush Goyal has called upon the Indian pharmaceutical and healthcare sector to adopt best practices in terms of quality, facility, and commitment to maintain high standards.
Addressing the 6th International Conference on Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Sector, he said that the sector should collectively ensure that the nation will have good manufacturing practices. The entire health ecosystem should provide confidence to the world that India is the place for anything to do with health and is the one-stop solution.
Goyal said that quality does not come at a price, rather quality reduces our price. He said that regulatory & good manufacturing practices, systems and certifications, approvals, will always help the sector grow in scale and bring down the price.
The Minister said that India has seen a golden period for healthcare in the last few years. He remarked that the nation should make the next decade, the decade of India when the entire world should be following Indian standards.
The Minister said that the world today needs CURE, which will come out of Cost-effective Universal solution through Research and Enterprise. “If we take it upon ourselves that India is going to CURE the world, I see no limitations in our ability to aspire to become a world dominant leader in the field of med-tech, medical devices, healthcare provider. CURE will come out of Cost-effective universal solution through research and enterprise.”
Goyal said that India along with South Africa is at forefront, in a proposal introduced in October 2020, before the WTO in the TRIPS council, for a waiver during Covid-19 to allow more countries to get equitable access to medicines. “We now have 57 WTO members supporting us.”
Calling upon the pharmaceutical industry to show a big heart across the world & support the TRIPS waiver that India has proposed at WTO, he said that this will help the entire world come out of the pandemic much faster. The Minister said that the proposal has put the developed world under pressure, who are trying to protect the interests of some pharmaceutical companies.
The Minister said that India is well on the path to come out of the Covid pandemic and the Pharma industry is well on the path to grow out of the Covid pandemic. He said that the Pharmaceutical industry provided 3 Vs: Ventilators, Vaccines, V-shaped recovery, and these three Vs are reflective of the strength of the industry. “As PM Narendra Modi says, let us convert this Covid pandemic into an opportunity, and nobody is better poised to do that than the Pharma industry,” Goyal underscored.