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According to the existing law, unapproved drugs, whether they are effective or not, are classified as fake

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Yuan Jie, director for the administrative law department of the Legislative Affairs Commissi

亚博体育app在哪下载官方授权419论坛on under the NPC Standing Committee, said the revision is “a response to public concern”.

“However, approval is still needed first before importing medicine,” she said. “Imp

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Many effective drugs used for serious diseases that are already available o

verseas have not gained domestic approval and are not available on the domestic m

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A popular movie screened last year, Dying to Survive, bas

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ts whose survival depended on a drug from India that was not approved in China.

Lu Yong, a businessman and leukemia patient from Wuxi, Jiangsu province, was detained for selling fake drugs after buy

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s who purchased the copycat drug from Lu because they could not afford the patent drug.

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