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US Plans More Regulations on Imported Medicines From India

FILE - Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, speaks at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Feb. 4, 2014.
The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says her agency is not targeting India, though officials plan to impose more U.S. regulations on Indian drug manufacturers.

Margaret Hamburg spoke to reporters Friday after her first official trip to India. She said products sold in the United States and used by American consumers, no matter where they come from, must meet U.S. standards.

Hamburg announced plans to send more U.S. inspectors to India to monitor the safety and quality of Indian pharmaceuticals.

She also signed an agreement with the Indian health ministry pledging cooperation in safety standards.

India has become the second largest provider of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines to the United States, next to Canada.