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Vice premier stresses quality of medicine

(Xinhua)

08:31, April 19, 2012

BEIJING, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Vice Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday pledged to safeguard the quality of medicine while making efforts to keep prices down as part of China's ongoing health care reforms.

More efforts should be made to establish a mechanism for the procurement of basic medicine and the supervision of drug production and sales, Li said at a national conference on health care reform.

A Wednesday circular from the central government also addressed the issue of medicine quality and pledged to resolutely crack down on related offenses.

Several Chinese drug manufacturers recently became embroiled in a scandal involving the use of medicine capsules containing toxic industrial gelatin.

Li's speech also addressed other key issues in China's health care reform. The country will further expand the coverage of its basic medical care insurance plan in a steady way, Li said.

In addition, more favorable policies should be introduced to promote the development of commercial health insurance and non-public hospitals in China, which will eventually become a pillar for the country's economic growth and provide a considerable amount of jobs, Li noted.

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