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Growing importance of India, China for medical device, pharmaceutical companiesToday's Wall Street Journal is chock-full of Asian news. On the pharma side, two different stories act as good reminders of Asia's multiple roles in today's drug business, and of the tough issues that come along with globalization.

Indian drug regulators reportedly have determined that a baby who died last fall in a clinical study should have been excluded from the trial because of pre-existing health problems.

Meanwhile, a stir in China over J&J baby products appears to have passed. A Chinese chain of supermarkets pulled dozens of products off their shelves recently, after an activist group had said they contained cancer-causing chemicals. But after an investigation, China's health officials concluded that the chemicals aren't used as additives in the products, and said they're safe to use, the WSJ reports. The supermarket chain has started selling the products again.

A separate article details some of Philips Healthcare's efforts to broaden their marketing push in India. The company has been focusing on emerging markets because spending on medical equipment has been slowing in the US and Europe. One interesting bit in the article points out that Philips has realized that to be successful in these markets, "it must adapt its products and in some cases, completely redesign them to make them attractive in emerging markets in terms of cost and function."

The three stories are good reminders that Asia is not only a manufacturing and testing center for multinational medical device and pharmaceutical companies, but also an increasingly important market.

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