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Jul 12, 2018 07:22 PM
POLITICS & LAW

China Paves Way for Faster Approval of Foreign-Made Drugs

As of mid-2017, there were 6,000 drug applications awaiting approval in China. Photo: VCG
As of mid-2017, there were 6,000 drug applications awaiting approval in China. Photo: VCG

Pharmaceutical companies will soon be able to apply for approval for some new medicines simultaneously inside and outside of China, according to new regulations issued by the country’s drug authority.

China’s State Drug Administration on Tuesday published the first detailed guidelines for accepting clinical trial data obtained outside of the country, a major step toward removing the time lag that forces patients in China to wait years before they can use new drugs approved overseas.

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