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On 30 November 2008, Algeria introduced measures restricting imports of a certain number of products such as drugs allegedly in order to protect the local pharmaceutical industry. Accordingly, a foreign-manufactured medicine cannot be imported if the same medicine is produced by at least three manufacturers in Algeria in quantities satisfying the market demand.
A new order of 8 May 2011 modifies the original regulation which introduced a de facto import ban on pharmaceutical products. The list of drugs banned for imports in Algeria, as established in November 2008, initially included 358 products of all categories, resulting in repetitive market deficiencies since the ban was enforced. 59 new products were added to the list, while 160 were removed from the original list. 257 types of medicine remain formally banned from importation.
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