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Govt. extends deadline for pharma barcodes

The Indian government has extended the deadline for one more year to affix barcodes on primary level packaging by pharmaceutical companies till July 2014. A barcode helps in tracking and tracing of origin of drugs, which in turn helps in minimising the chances of genuine drugs being considered spurious, sub-standard or counterfeit. “Earlier the requirement of affixing barcodes on Primary Level packaging was to take effect from 01.07.2013. Now this date has been deferred to 01.07.2014,” Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a public notice.

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