Tue, 25 Nov 2008
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Foreign drug companies can quit Indonesia if they do not like new rules requiring them to have local production facilities, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said Monday.

Rules introduced earlier this month are designed to encourage foreign companies to transfer technologies to Indonesia and boost investment to create jobs, she said.

"If they want to get licences (to sell their products) they have to invest here also, not just take advantage of the Indonesian market," Supari was quoted by AFP as telling Dow Jones Newswires.

"They can't just operate like a retailer here, with an office size that's three metres (yards) by three and make billions of rupiah. That is not fair."

The decree, which has drawn protests from the US Chamber of Commerce, will affect 13 international pharmaceutical companies that currently sell their drugs in Indonesia but do not have production facilities here.

The affected companies include Wyeth, Eli Lilly and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. of the United States, Switzerland's Roche, France's Servier, Denmark's Novo Nordisk, AstraZeneca of Britain and Astellas Pharma of Japan.

Under the new rules, foreign companies have a two-year grace period in which to set up production facilities.

Supari said she believes Indonesia's big drugs market -- worth around two billion dollars a year -- would persuade the companies that building production facilities is worthwhile.

Those who fail to do so would be banned from selling their products or distributing them through companies that do have plants in Indonesia.

"If they want to go away, go ahead," she said. She added that India and China had already enacted such requirements.

The president and chief executive of the US Chamber of Commerce, Thomas J. Donohue, last week sent a letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, urging
the president to "consider revising the decree."

There are 29 international pharmaceutical companies marketing their products in Indonesia, with total market share of 25 percent.

The minister said the new rules will give "fair treatment" to pharmaceutical companies that have already invested in drug production facilities in Indonesia. (*)


Tue, 25 Nov 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by Twatty Handel
I wonder if there are any unique "drugs" in particular that Supari is targetting here.. she always has a separate agenda in her outbursts...


Tue, 25 Nov 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by Roy's Hair
Meth lab


Tue, 25 Nov 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by viperaberushitam
If anybody could use some drugs it is that bitch or at least she should furnish the people with drugs that have to sit through one of her speeches..........


Tue, 25 Nov 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by Polisi Cepek
After Bakrie, she must be the most embarrassing serving minister.

Not content with excluding foreign doctors because they're too good and hence create unfair competition with clueless local specimens, she now wants to deny Indonesians decent drugs. So rich folks will go overseas for drugs, and everyone else will go without. Just what the doctor ordered.


Wed, 26 Nov 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by Roy's Hair
...and don't forget the bird flu/bio-weapon caper. Chicken terrorism...


Wed, 26 Nov 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by viperaberushitam
Originally Posted By: Polisi Cepek
After Bakrie, she must be the most embarrassing serving minister.

Not content with excluding foreign doctors because they're too good and hence create unfair competition with clueless local specimens, she now wants to deny Indonesians decent drugs. So rich folks will go overseas for drugs, and everyone else will go without. Just what the doctor ordered.



And stop the sales for the local companies and taxes collected in all sales and imports and as well send IDR overseas to buy these drugs. This place is turning very very protectionist very very fucking fast.........



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