The Economic Times of India covered our new paper today (see here). The paper published by the National bureau of Economic Research and not AEI as claimed by the Economic Times (see here), shows that Indian firms send their worst quality medicines to Africa.
It is a shame that Indian Industry hack DG Shah continues to trot out the same arguments attacking us rather than addressing the paper’s findings. For example, he asks why did it take so long to publish a study with data going back to 2009? Many of the data were collected and published in previous papers on drug quality (see the papers on this site), what this new paper does is pull together all the data on drugs made by Indian firms over the past five years. The results are interesting yet if DG Shah’s opinions are repeated across India’s industry, then no new studies or data will do anything to cause inward investigations.
It is still too soon to see whether the new Modi Government addresses quality concerns, but assuming it also does not, then the result will be more problems with Indian products and ultimately more patient suffering.