Drugs from over­seas to get on fast track

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

“China has great phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, so it can pro­vide sup­port to the health of the peo­ple in BRICS na­tions and other coun­tries,” he said.

BRICS com­prises Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has adopted a se­ries of re­form mea­sures on the re­view and ap­proval of new drugs to ac­cel­er­ate ap­provals and meet the needs of do­mes­tic pa­tients in re­cent years, Wu said.

The au­thor­i­ties will en­cour­age med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions to give pri­or­ity to new drugs that have proved ef­fec­tive and are rea­son­ably priced, and sup­port the in­clu­sion of such new drugs in the list of drugs whose cost can be re­im­bursed by ba­sic med­i­cal in­sur­ance pro­grams, ac­cord­ing to a draft reg­u­la­tion re­leased by the ad­min­is­tra­tion in May.

Cer­tain types of drugs and med­i­cal equip­ment al­ready in use in other coun­tries, such as those for cur­ing rare diseases, can also gain pri­or­ity ap­proval for sale in the do­mes­tic mar­ket, the draft said.

As of the end of June, the ad­min­is­tra­tion had es­tab­lished rou­tine work re­la­tions with drug reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties in 66 coun­tries, and signed 42 agree­ments for bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion with 28 coun­tries and re­gions, said Yuan Lin, chief of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion depart­ment.

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