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German firms pep up Vietnam’s healthcare market

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09-Dec-14 Increasing numbers of hospitals in Vietnam are being equipped with modern technology and German companies are at the forefront: Siemens has been providing imaging and laboratory diagnostics since 1993, B. Braun is raising its investment in Vietnam to USD270 million, and other German firms doing well in Vietnam include Boehringer Ingelheim, Draeger, Rudolf Lietz, Fresenius Kabi, Bayer Schering and Merck. [image: Vietnam Investment Review]

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India “too reliant” on Chinese drug imports

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05-Dec-14 India produces a third of the world's medicines, mostly in the form of generic drugs. But more than 80% of the raw materials for these drugs are imported from China. That gives its neighbour a virtual monopoly over pricing and supply - so much so that there are now no domestic Indian producers of many essential medicines, a situation that worries the Indian government. [image: The Insider]

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GE Healthcare to open technology and training lab in Turkey

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04-Dec-14 GE Healthcare Life Sciences is planning to open a Technology Laboratory in Turkey which will feature the company’s latest tools for drug discovery, protein science and bioprocessing research. Turkey plans to transform its domestic manufacturing of devices and pharmaceuticals, with plans for 60% of demand to be met locally. [image: GE Healthcare Life Sciences]

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Healthcare reform brings Russian protesters to the streets

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03-Dec-14 Thousands of people have demonstrated in downtown Moscow, complaining that the quality of healthcare provided by the mandatory state insurance program is deteriorating, and accessing it is becoming far more difficult. Good care, they say, is available only through expensive private health. [image: The Christian Science Monitor/Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP]

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