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Active ingredient sourcing trends Analysing the shift from traditional sourcing markets and their potential resurgence

MOLLY BOWMAN
Thomson Reuters, 215 Commercial St 5th Floor, Portland, ME, 04101, USA

INTRODUCTION
Active ingredient sourcing is often a critical activity in theoverall drug development process. The speed at whicha source can meet needs is important for both innovatorand generic companies. As costs rise around the world,traditional sourcing markets such as Italy have evolved andgeographical specializations have emerged. The impact of risingcosts on sourcing decisions has motivated some API companiesto invest in specialized manufacturing and others to reach intodeveloping markets. The shift from traditional sourcing marketshas been quite dramatic over the past ten years, but as costs risein low-cost regions, such as India and China, many companies inlong-established markets are seeing a resurgence. ...



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