India enjoys an important position in the global pharmaceuticals sector with a 20% share of generic medicines in supplies by volume. Indian pharmaceutical sector industry supplies over 50 per cent of global demand for various vaccines, 40% of generic demand in the US and 25% of all medicine in UK.
India is the source of 60,000 generic brands across 60 therapeutic categories and manufactures more than 500 different Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs). The export of generic drugs is one of India's core strengths. The country’s pharmaceutical exports stood at US$ 17.27 billion in FY18 and have reached US$ 19.14 billion in FY19. Presently over 80% of the antiretroviral drugs used globally to combat AIDS are supplied by Indian pharmaceutical firms.
100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in pharmaceuticals in India is allowed under the automatic route for green-field pharma.
100% Fdi In Drugs And Pharmaceuticals In India is allowed in brownfield pharma; wherein 74% FDI in the Pharmaceuticals Sector is allowed under the automatic route and thereafter through government approval route.
Generics medicines exports share(global)
Contribution in overall exports
Generic drugs revenue share
Patented drugs revenue share
Largest vaccine producer in the world
Bio-Pharma is the largest sector contributing to 62% of the total revenue
4th largest medical device market in Asia
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