Locally-made drugs not meet demand

Locally-made medicines just meet 48 percent of demand, said experts at meeting themed “Raising patient’s health: Importance of medicine’s quality” held by European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam on March 16 in Hanoi.

Deputy Health Minister Dr. Pham Le Tuan, said that in 2015 total value of domestically-made medicines reached over US$1.6649 billion, an increase of 18 percent compared to the whole last year.

Additionally, a person spent US$37.9 a year, 10 percent higher than 2014 and two times higher than 2009.

In the meeting, in addition to issuing information of drugs’ quality, the experts also discussed new pharmacy regulations and guidelines in medicine bidding and information of how nations in the world manage medicine’s quality, measures against fake tablets...

By Khanh Nguyen - Translated by Anh Quan

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