India’s E-Plan To Map Drug Sales – Turning Point For Better Traceability?
A government plan aimed at putting in place an e-platform to regulate the sale of medicines in India, is expected to bolster end-to-end traceability and help lower the risk of fake drugs in the supply chain. But the platform’s proposed revenue model appears to be a sticking point, at least for now, among other tricky areas.
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