Red tape cut for new drug approvals - China’s latest business and technology news - SupChina

Red tape cut for new drug approvals – China’s latest business and technology news


China’s State Council announced new rules for approvals for drugs and medical devices, intended to speed up the process by cutting red tape and allowing the use of data from clinical trials performed outside of China. Bloomberg says that the new rules should ease “bottlenecks” in the approvals process and present “a growth opportunity for international and local drugmakers in the world’s second biggest pharmaceutical market.”

In other healthcare news, the New York Times reports (paywall) on a study that tested 487 treatments from purveyors of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Hong Kong. The result: The researchers found “1,234 hidden ingredients, including both approved and banned Western drugs, drug analogues and animal thyroid tissue” in the samples tested.


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Jeremy Goldkorn

Jeremy Goldkorn is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast and currently edits SupChina and its daily newsletter.