ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Opinion LineEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPTime to update quality rules on generic drugs(China Daily) Updated:2016-05-18 07:40Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallA researcher checks the vaccination against hepatitis B. [Photo/CFP]An increasing number of Chinese hepatitis C patients reportedly travel to India to buy cheap generic drugs for their treatment, instead of buying such medicines manufactured at home. Southern Metropolis Daily commented on Tuesday:That India has become the “global pharmacy” has a lot to do with both its patent law and the high quality of its generic drugs.
On the one hand, the country allows local pharmaceutical companies to produce generic drugs before the original drugs patents expire and even export these generic drugs overseas.
On the other hand, Indian pharmaceutical factories, less than 120 of which are certified by the United States Food and Drug Administration, are able to make generic drugs that are almost as effective as the originals which have to pass a series of trials before entering the market.
In comparison, the generic drugs made in China are not as effective; some may even provoke allergic reactions and other side-effects.
Admittedly, Chinese pharmaceutical companies face tougher restrictions when it comes to the mass production of generic drugs under the countrys law for patent protection. Yet, the loose supervision and quality control of generic drugs, which do not have to meet the standards of the originals, are also to blame.
As a result, some Chinese medicine makers even use the generic drugs on sale as a reference and produce their own. These drugs may end up having totally different effects from the original versions after rounds of “misinterpretation”.
The Good Manufacturing Practice, which was adopted by China in the 1990s, has also failed to improve the quality of Chinese generic drugs due to the insufficient implementation and loose regulations, dealing a major blow to market share.
It is thus time for the Chinese food and drug authorities to streamline the quality control of domestically made generic drugs, in a bid to put an end to the poorly regulated pharmaceutical market.0Related StoriesChinas e-pharmacy eyes prescription drug for full-bloom growthHarsher terms await drug offendersChinese drug regulator vows to fix vaccine distribution loopholesDrug for chronic hepatitis B to begin mass production in Qingdao facilityHepatitis C patients seek access to better drugs: surveyThe bitterest pill for hepatitis C patientsClinical trials underway for hepatitis B vaccineTreating hepatitis is cheaper than notMost Viewed Todays Top NewsADB official : China should play bigger role in unifying global standards for green bondsDivide in South China Sea serious, but under controlAuthorities must make education fairerTough task ahead for Japans new China ambassadorAuthorities need to get tough on fakes as Alibaba faces complaintsForum TrendsShould investment lessons be mandatory?How can doctors and patients regain trust?Are women-only buses discriminatory?Do student evaluations measure teaching effectiveness?What annoys you most while traveling in China?Is Chinas classic literature known in the West?Should campus be open to tourists?ColumnistsWorld not safer with the US as its policemanFestival drama peels layers of character who isnt thereFeatured ContributorsTurnball highlights China-Australia FTA as a valuable assetBloody curtain rising to greet US first-ever presidentStar BloggersMy best friend in China: 35th anniversary of China Daily By subeChina Daily is like a friend who stays with me in every mood in my life. If I am happy, I can write a blog and if I am upset, I can enjoy what others have said and let my feelings go away.China Daily, 35 years on: my memories By aixiI first discovered China Daily a few years ago. It was my first visit to China, and I was waiting for my tour guide to arrive.My vision for a smog-free China By eddieturksonI’ve lived in China for quite a considerable time including my graduate school years, travelled and worked in a few cities and still choose my destination taking into consideration the density of smog or PM2.5 particulate matter in the region.SpecialChina Daily, 35 years on: your memoriesPositive energy Leifeng laowai story2016 Happy Chinese New Year…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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