China intensifies supervision over drugs

22:39, February 25, 2010      

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China's food and drug watchdog said it approved a total of 2,609 domestic drug registration applications last year, about one fourth of the 2005 figure, in a sign of increased supervision over the industry.

"The approved drugs also fall into 1,464 categories," Zhang Wei, director of the drug registration department under the State Food and Drug Administration (SDA), told Xinhua on Thursday.

Zhang attributed the decline in newly approved drugs to increased supervision in recent years.

Over the past three years, the SDA has checked some 170,000 registered documents of approval and revoked 4,300 of them. It has returned 7,999 registration applications and disapproved 15,000 others during the period.

"The move shows the determination and efforts to regulate the pharmaceutical market. It is also a deterrence to enterprises who breach regulations and lawless people," the official said.

The SDA also had overhauled the country's drug development system to prevent drugs of marginal quality from entering the market.

Source: Xinhua
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