WhatPackaging? pharma quiz by Aditya Ghosalkar

Test your knowledge about the Indian pharmaceutical industry. Did you know the industry is valued at USD 42-bn in 2021 and is estimated at USD 130-bn in seven years?

21 Nov 2023 | By Aditya Ghosalkar

Did you know? Evaluated at USD 25-bn, the pharma shipments from India are ranked among the top three globally in terms of producing medicines by volume


1. Everyone knows India is a global leader in generic medicines by volume. What is its share in the global market?

2. The Uttar Pradesh government hopes to increase its contribution to India's pharma industry from 2% to 10-12%. How much has it earmarked for mega drug parks?

3. Recently, Cipla received a warning from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for GMP practice at its Pithampur manufacturing facility. How many Indian firms are under the scanner for regulatory action?

4. Which is the pharma city of India?

5. A sheet-fed folder is specifically designed to handle lightweight stock for pharmaceutical and miniature leaflet folding. The question is how many folds are do-able?

6. Which is the world’s largest pharma company (ranked by revenue)?

7. Which is the current leading pharmaceutical and drug company in India with a market capitalisation of over Rs 2.4-trillion?

8. What was the budget allocation for the health sector in the current 2023-24 fiscal year?

9. Who is the father of Indian pharma?

10. Over 59-million hospital admissions have been undertaken at a cost of more than Rs 74,000-crore under the Centre’s flagship health insurance scheme. What is the name of the scheme?


1. India has a 20% market share. Interesting trivia for the WP? quizzers. India imports 80% of its domestic medical devices requirement.

2. 2,350 acres of land for setting up three drug parks. The proposed manufacturing parks will come up in Lalitpur, Pilibhit, and Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida) districts.

3. 17.

4. Hyderabad. This is because of Hyderabad Pharma City (HPC) which is perhaps the largest integrated cluster for pharmaceutical industries with a thrust on R&D and manufacturing.

5. The answer is seven. So a standard piece of paper can indeed only be folded seven times. However, if we had an 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of paper that was a quarter as thick as normal, using this equation, we could fold it nine times.

6.  It has to be Pfizer Inc (US) at USD 100.3-bn. This is in 2023 and ranked by revenue from pharmaceutical drug sales.

7. Sun Pharma. The Mumbai-based MNC witnessed a market capitalization value of over 2.4 trillion Indian rupees, according to a Statista study.

8. It is Rs 89,155-crore in the current 2023-24 fiscal year. The Indian government increased allocation to the health sector by Rs 2,954-crore, from Rs 86,200.65-crore in the last fiscal year to 89,155-crore in the current 2023-24 fiscal year.

9. The father of pharmacy in India is Prof Mahadeva Lal Schroff. He earned this title through his contributions, which included giving India's pharmaceutical industry and educational system the right direction.

10. The name of the scheme is Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) which was launched five years ago, as per the National Health Authority (NHA) on its website.

(The WhatPackaging? quiz is created and conceptualised by Aditya Ghosalkar)

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