In the mid 60's a few Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Entrepreneurs of Karnataka would meet over a cup of coffee at a restaurant, or in one of the many clubs to discuss the challenges they faced, in running the industry they were heading. This was the birth of an informal association of Karnataka Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, who were later joined by the cosmetic manufacturers.

This group formed the Karnataka Drugs and Cosmetics Manufacturers Association, and subsequently, the association was registered under the name Karnataka Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers' Association (KDPMA).

The formative years of the association were primarily focussed on solving various problems of the pharmaceutical industry in the state of Karnataka.
The Association members and the Managing committee engaged positively with the Drugs Control Department, Drugs Controller General of India, Central Excise, Commercial Taxes Department, State Excise Department, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, Directorate of Factories Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board, BICP now known as NPPA, DGFT and various other government authorities.

The association was invited to various government forums due to its pragmatic approach and engagement with various bodies, and currently the association is a member of the Regional Advisory Committee and Grievance Redressal Committee of Central Excise, Visvesvaraya Industrial Trade Centre, Karnataka State Export Facilitation Committee, Federation of Indian Export Organization, India Trade Promotion Organization to name a few. Active Interaction with these bodies resulted in understanding the Industry challenges and has brought a favourable change.

KDPMA is the Apex body of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers in Karnataka and has members from Small, Medium and Large scale units, Government enterprises and Multinationals operating from Karnataka, with collective turnover of approx, Rs. 12500 crores, export sales of approx, Rs. 5200 crores. Member companies employ approx 25,000 people directly and 50,000 indirectly.


  • KDPMA members have always come forward wholeheartedly, whenever a tragedy has struck our country and donated in cash and kind.
  • Contributed Medicines to Prime Minister's relief fund for the victims of Lathur earthquake, 1993.
  • Contributed Medicines to Prime Minister's relief fund for victims of Gujarat earthquake, 2001
  • Contributed Medicines to Yemalur village.
  • Contributed to the Karnataka Chief Minister's relief fund towards Tsunami victims relief.
  • Contributed Medicines to Nepal and Bihar earthquake victims.
  • ...and many more.