China FDA plans to lift ban on online drug sales

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) plans to allow online sales of prescription drugs as early as this month, opening up the market to existing online e-commerce platform operators like and

Speculation about a new policy has been circulating since mid-2014. If approved, the policy could lead to the emergence of a market worth more than RMB 1 trillion ($161 billion) as sales shift from hospitals to online pharmacies. The policy will also help reform the Chinese market that has been solely controlled by state hospitals and distributors.

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Chinese Drug Clinical Trials and Prices

The Chinese government recently released new regulatory measures for clinical trials at medical institutions. The document lays out a strengthened code of conduct for hospitals and doctors conducting clinical trials. Companies that are carrying out clinical trials at Chinese hospitals should ensure that their policies and processes comply with the new laws.

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