China’s government is cracking down on herbal medicines and cough medicines that are commonly prescribed in the developed world.
The move comes as the world faces a shortage of medicines in the developing world.
China has a history of making its own medicines, but the country is now cracking down.
The crackdown is part of a drive to reduce the number of new infections and prevent deaths.
“We’ve seen that there are more people using medicines that have not been proven,” says Dr Peter Tromp, head of the health ministry’s China Medical Research Institute.
“That has caused us to be more proactive in curbing the use of such medicines.”
Dr Tromsport, who is also a senior lecturer in public health at the University of California, Irvine, says the crackdown has been welcomed by China’s pharmaceutical industry.
“It’s good news,” he says.
“I’m not saying we have to ban anything, but we’re not going to go down the route of banning everything.”‘
Chinese medicine is bad’The medicines on the list of banned products include herbal supplements, anti-diarrhoea pills, painkillers and cough preparations.
The government has already cracked down on the use and sale of Chinese herbal medicine in the past.
In 2013, the ministry of health ordered hospitals to halt the use in cases of “serious” and “seriously ill” patients.
The health ministry also banned the sale of anti-chronic cough and anti-nausea drugs, which are popular in the United States.
The crackdown on Chinese herbal medicines comes after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was investigating the use by the Chinese government of a cough medicine.
The FHWA says Chinese authorities have been restricting the sale and distribution of Chinese herbs for more than a decade.
“They’re basically taking advantage of the fact that China has a market that has been completely over-supplied with these products and they’re now trying to make the market even more over-subscribed,” Dr Trom said.
Chinese authorities are also trying to restrict imports of other herbs that they deem to be adulterated or harmful.
“The Chinese government’s approach is to basically regulate these herbs to the extent of basically trying to block the market,” Dr Koo says.
Dr Trome says that China’s efforts to regulate Chinese herbal products has been more effective than its efforts to combat the pandemic.
“This has really been a global pandemic that we’ve really seen in China,” he said.
“There’s no evidence that the Chinese are actually doing anything that will actually improve the situation.”
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