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China Daily | Updated:2017-01-13 07:50AFTER DOCTORS GAVE UP treating his mother, Ao Ning, 25, from Northeast Chinas Liaoning province, decided to try and cure her cancer with medicines he made himself. Beijing Youth Daily commented on Thursday:It is a touching story of filial piety. But even though Ao had some success, it was more by accident than design. Ao admitted he wouldnt recommend others do the same unless they had no other option.Self-made medicines also face legal risks, as they break the law. According the current laws, all non-prescribed raw materials for medicines are taken to be counterfeit medicine, which is illegal. But do-it-yourself treatments are the only option for some given the cost of drugs, especially some foreign drugs, which are unaffordable for most Chinese patients and which the general health insurance does not cover.The fundamental problem is the severe lack of research and development investment in pharmaceuticals in China. According to official statistics, most of domestic pharmaceutical companies across the country have problems with independent R&D. Even some of the top 10 domestic medical companies invest only 1 percent of their sales volume in R&D.Another problem is the time it takes for new medicines to gain approval in China. While it takes about 20 months to approve a new type of medicine in some Western countries, in China it usually takes five to 10 years to get approval.Related StoriesDance performance depicts filial pietyWill remembering parents birthdays foster filial piety?US researchers: Filial piety helps solve eldercare woesVillages built on filial pietyCartoonsFar from the World CupGun controlAttack on ObamacareNo gaming after midnightTrump and ObamaElectronic gameMost Viewed in 24 HoursFroum trendsIs China a global innovation powerhouse?Should college education be more career-oriented?ColumnistsBRICS still playing an important role in international affairsWill foreign coaches, players help improve Chinese soccer?ForumFeatured ContributorsChina’s inevitable role in pushing the frontier of innovationProposed law to restore an ancient Chinese virtueChina Daily Bureau ChiefsChongqing and Chengdu City Cluster on faster trackXi-Ma meeting brings historic opportunitiesStar BloggersThe native English speaker phenomenon in ChinaA reflection: My life in 2016BACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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