The Information Office of the State Council published a white paper titled "Status Quo of Drug Supervision in China" in Beijing Friday.
Following is the full text:
Status Quo of Drug Supervision in China
Information Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China
July 2008, Beijing
I. Overview of Drug Supply, Quality and Safety
II. Drug Safety Supervision System and Legal System
III. Policies and Measures Concerning Drug Safety Supervision
IV. Supervision of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Folk Medicine
V. International Exchanges and Cooperation in Drug Safety
Drugs are a special kind of commodity used to prevent, treat and diagnose diseases. Effective supervision of drugs has a great bearing on ensuring the safe use of pharmaceuticals by consumers and on safeguarding the right to life and health of the general public. The Chinese government has always attached great importance to supervision over drug safety, and has always been committed to the goal of strengthening such supervision and guaranteeing public drug safety. For this purpose, it has gradually established and improved the system and laws regarding supervision over drug safety, continuously improved the drug supply system, steadily enhanced the guarantee level for the quality and safety of drugs, actively protected the rights and interests of the public in the use of medications, and persistently strived to improve the health of the people.