CHANDIGARH, Feb. 15 -- Pharmaceutical manufacturing companies in Himachal Pradesh are facing a shortage of raw material from China following the coronavirus outbreak though there is no disruption in the availability of medicines in the market at present.

Himachal Drug Manufacturers Association president Dr Rajesh Gupta says that the industry is dependent on imports from China on a large scale and due to prolonged delay in procuring raw material, there is apprehension that manufacturing would be hit.

"First there was the Chinese New Year and there was no supply for a fortnight in January. Now this virus outbreak has hampered the import of raw material," he said.

Manufacturers are dependent on China for 85% of the imports, he said. "They k...