Imported drugs to go on China's electronic monitoring network
BEIJING, Oct 08, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China's food and drug safety watchdog
plans to put imported drugs on the national electronic monitoring
network in a move to step up drug management.
Overseas pharmaceutical companies and their designated agents in
China will have to apply to be covered by the network and get
relevant cipher keys, the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA)
said in a draft regulation. The regulation was made public to solicit
opinions until Oct. 12.
The electronic network was designed to monitor the entire process
of manufacture, transportation, storage and sale of drugs. The move
will also enable realtime inquiries into inventories and
destinations, according to Wang Yingli, chief of the SFDA information
By assigning each package of medicine a 20-digit unique code, the
administration can use the network to track and recall drugs, Wang
The network will also help curb counterfeit drugs as consumers can
use the code to inquire about the products via phone, text messages
or the Internet, according to Wang.
The SDA has been developing the electronic monitoring network,
which was initiated in 2006.
By November 2008, the government incorporated into the network
narcotic drugs, blood products, vaccines, important injections, and
some psychiatric drugs.
By February this year, all drugs that were on the country's
essential drug list were covered by the network, according to the
Essential drugs are those that satisfy health care needs and are
available to the public at all times in adequate amounts and in
appropriate dosage forms. They are also capped at a price the public
China aims to keep track of all drugs prescribed by doctors by
2015 by using the electronic monitoring network, according to its
five-year drug supervision plan published by the SFDA.
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