On 19th March, PRC Ministry of Health issued a list of essential medicine made by 317 kinds of chemical medicines and biological products and 203 Chinese patent medicines, 213 new entries added compared with the 2009 version of the same document.

Essential medicines are those drugs which have to be always available to the public, at affordable prices and proper dosage. The dosage has increased too compared to 2009 to ensure appropriate supply, particularly for children’s essential medicines and their vaccines which include 200 of the 520 new essential medicines. Consequently, the Ministry asked clinics and hospitals to report drug shortages to ensure enough supply and promote the prescription of these essential drugs raising the reimbursements’ rate.

(Source: Xinhua)