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Indian Team to solve pharma dispute

world Updated: Apr 12, 2011 02:49 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

A delegation from Indian pharmaceutical companies will soon come to Sri Lanka to resolve issues that led to the blacklisting of more than a dozen Indian companies selling medicines in Sri Lanka.

Several meetings between senior Indian diplomats and officials from the ministry of Health were held in Colombo after about 10 Indian companies were blacklisted for supplying substandard drugs and causing supply shortages in March.

“Minister Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the suspension of tenders awarded to 10 Indian drug companies for violating tender procedures, messing up delivery schedules, and causing regular shortages of essential drugs,’’ Daily News reported in March.