A list illustrating what each kind of medicine should be used for has been issued by China’s Ministry of Health. However, its use it is not mandatory.
Medicines on the list include all those on the National Basic Medicine Catalogue and the Catalogue of Drugs for Basic National Medical Insurance, and some other frequently used medicine, the ministry said.
Cao Guirong, president of the Chinese Hospital Association, said compilation of the list borrowed the experience of developed countries and the World Health Organization (WHO) while taking into account China’s geographic features and clinical therapeutic habits.
English.News.cn reports it took two years for more than 100 domestic medical and pharmaceutical experts to complete the list. It would be handed out to hospitals nationwide within the next few days in an effort to promote better medical service.