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Indian Drugs to Carry Barcodes

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade announced new rules requiring medicine manufacturers to put barcodes on all products made for export in order to control for counterfeiting.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade announced new rules requiring medicine manufacturers to put barcodes on all products made for export in order to control for counterfeiting.

Beginning July 1st, all drug makers will be required to put machine-readable data including details on the drug and manufacturer allowing authorities to track every product made for export, reports the Economic Times of India.

Drug control authorities also plan to retain samples of exported drugs for reference and tracking. The goal of the project is to distinguish legitimate Indian pharmaceuticals from fakes possibly made in other countries sold internationally with fake Indian labels.

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