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Investment board likely to defer FD

Investment board likely to defer FDI proposals in pharma sector: report

The Finance Ministry may defer 10 proposals for foreign direct investment (FDI) in pharmaceutical sector that are listed to be taken up at the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) meeting on Friday, July 5, as the government is yet to review foreign investment policy in existing Indian drug companies.
"FDI in existing pharma companies related proposals would be deferred by the FIPB meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Friday)" as the current policy has not been reviewed after the DIPP raised concerns over the increasing number of takeovers of Indian firms by foreign drug makers," sources said.
The 10 applications for FDI in pharma sector which are listed for Friday's FIPB meeting include proposals of US- based Mylan Laboratories, Mumbai-based Ferring Therapeutics and Hyderabad-based Verdant Life Sciences.
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has raised concerns over a spate of acquisitions of domestic pharma firms by multinationals. It has sought the intervention of the Prime Minister's Office on this matter.
Earlier, the department had asked FIPB not to take decision on any pharma related proposal.
On an average about 25 per cent of the FIPB agenda is related with pharma sector, government sources said.
The continuing acquisitions of Indian pharma firms by foreign companies would pose serious problems in availability of life-saving drugs to consumers in near future, they added.
 
FDI policy in the sector has already been discussed at the PM level in December last year. Accordingly, all foreign investments in existing domestic pharma firms were allowed only after clearance by FIPB.
With no letup in multinationals seeking nod to acquire stake in Indian pharma firms despite government putting norms to check it, the DIPP has raised concerns stating the FDI policy in the sector needs a relook again at the PMO level.
India allows 100 per cent FDI in pharma sector through automatic approval route in case of new projects, but foreign investment in the existing pharma companies are allowed only through FIPB's approval.
In 2008, Japanese firm Daiichi Sankyo had bought out the country's largest drug maker, Ranbaxy, for $4.6 billion. US-based Abbot Laboratories had acquired Piramal Health Care's domestic business for $3.7 billion.
Since April 2000, $10.3 billion FDI has come into the pharmaceutical sector, nearly 5 per cent of the total foreign inflows the country has received.
The current policy says that "the government may incorporate appropriate conditions for FDI in brownfield cases, at the time of granting approval".

 
     
 
   
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