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Two foreign drug makers promise to reduce medicine prices

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:02 am

Two pharmaceutical enterprises promised to decrease some medications under the proposal of the Vietnam Drug Administration (VDA).

Cardiovascular drug Vasterel will be decreased 10 percent as  Les Laboratoires Servier  promises to reduce its price

In response to VDA’s appeal to foreign pharmaceutical enterprises in Vietnam for reducing prices of drugs, Ebewe Pharma GmbH Nfg. KG of Austria and Les Laboratoires Servier of France sent a notification to VDA to say they will reduce prices of specific drugs for treatment of cancer, heart diseases, diabetes and antibiotics.


Austria’s pharmaceutical companies said it will decrease 16 medications over 31 for treatment cancer diseases. Its products will have an average decrase from 5 percent to 12 percent.


Meanwhile France said it decreased by 7 percent for drugs for treatment diabetes (Diamicron 80mg) and 10 percent for cardiovascular disease medicines (Vastaren).


In addition, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is considering reducing prices of some drugs with huge turnover and quantity, including antibiotic for adults and kids.


Especially, these companies pledged to keep stable supply of specific drugs in hospital pharmacies.

Source: SGGP

S.Africa turns apartheid-era nukes into medicine

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 5:52 am

Traditional medicine forum agrees on plan

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Medicine prices soar

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:58 am

Medicine prices continue to increase

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 at 1:35 pm

According to a market research of the Viet Nam Pharmaceutical Companies Association, prices of imported pharmaceutical products continuously increased in October.  

A servey of 7,390 medical products carried out by the association showed that the Hanoi market has seen an average increase of 3.8 percent of 37 pharmaceutical products and an average decrease of 5.4 percent of 11 products.


Prices of domestic medicines in Ho Chi Minh City have been relatively stable, while imported medicines continued to be sold at high prices.


The association forecasts drug prices may raise from now until the end of the year.


The prediction of the association was contrary to report by Minister of Health Nguyen Quoc Trieu at a conference on medicine prices of the National Assembly Committee as he said drug prices would gradually remain stable from now until the end of the year.


Experts say that it is not easy to stabilize medicine prices because the national pharmaceutical industry depends most on imported materials as US Dollar price remains high vs Vietnamese Dong

Source: SGGP

Traditional medicine preservation project to bring new breath to Cham village

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

It is surprising to learn that residents of two 1,200-household villages in the central province of Ninh Thuan’s district Ninh Hai are herbalists, although Cham people are well known for their traditional medicine.

An herbalist examines a patient by feeling her pulse (Photo: SGGP)

A majority of the Cham population are living in villages Phuoc Nhon and An Nhon in Xuan Hai commune in district Ninh Hai. Most of Cham herbalists have knowledge of medicinal vegetation, including 300 species of 97 plant families.


Their age-old medicine has been influenced by herbalists of China and India, according to herbalist Nguyen Xuan Tuyen, chairman of the province Herb Association.


Of around 800 members of the association, over 640 have been trained to make drugs from plants found in nature. They net their living on the traditional medicine.


Some 13 shops selling drugs said around one ton of herbal medicine is consumed daily and most herbs are taken from the jungle, making precious herbs at risk of extinction, causing concern to experienced herbalists.


It is for this reason that the traditional medicine preservation project, funded by Global Environment Facility, has operated this year in An Nhon and Phuoc Nhon. The local government is satisfied with the project, providing one hectare of land for planting herbs with 30 households being selected to grow vegetation in their garden.


Tran Ngoc Phan, Xuan Hai commune People’s Committee Chairman, said herbalists in the two villages struggle hard to make their living in faraway districts or even in Laos, Cambodia and China; but when the village’s herb has its own brand name, they would not need to travel far from their houses, rather people would come to them to receive examinations.


Moreover, tour guides can take travelers to the village as part of sightseeing tours. Perhaps a “cure tour” to the traditional medicine village can be combined with visiting other craft villages like Bau Truc ceramic – one of the two oldest ceramic villages in Southeast Asia- Chakleng – My Nghiep weaving center with diversified well-known products in Ninh Thuan, Mr. Phan proposed.


If the plan goes well on, herbs of the Cham ethnic minority would become widely famous and lives of residents improved, said Mr. Phan.


The project brings hope that villages there will be covered with herbs and most residents could be both herbalists and tour guides and that the next generation will continue the work to ensure the two villages are prosperous in the future.

Source: SGGP

VN standardises herbal medicine

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm




VN standardises herbal medicine


QĐND – Saturday, July 31, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)

Vietnam had made ensuring the regulations and standards for traditional medicines and health supplements matched those of the region and beyond a priority, Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu said on July 29.


And Vietnam, with a 86 million-strong population, was making a remarkable contribution to ASEAN’s foodstuff and pharmacy industries, he told a meeting in Hanoi to discuss measures to harmonise the regulations for traditional medicines and health supplements within the association.


The introduction of numerous traditional medicines and health supplements to Vietnam had helped diversify the regional market, he said.


The minister also called on ASEAN countries to invest in the industries as well as cooperate with Vietnam to help Vietnamese gain access to high-quality products at reasonable prices.


About 180 representatives of ministries and agencies as well as organisations from throughout the region are attending the two-day meeting which opened on July 29.


The meeting, the 13th of its type, provides a chance for participants to know more about the development of their industries and management methods in member countries.


They will also discuss enhanced coordination to help each take advantage of the region’s potential.


The requirements for the technical harmonisation and labelling of traditional medicines and health supplements as well as a road map to a legal framework are on their agenda.


Preparations for the discussions were made at specialised meetings in Hanoi three days earlier.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Traditional medicine preservation project to bring new breath to Cham village

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm

It is surprising to learn that residents of two 1,200-household villages in the central province of Ninh Thuan’s district Ninh Hai are herbalists, although Cham people are well known for their traditional medicine.

An herbalist examines a patient by feeling her pulse (Photo: SGGP)

A majority of the Cham population are living in villages Phuoc Nhon and An Nhon in Xuan Hai commune in district Ninh Hai. Most of Cham herbalists have knowledge of medicinal vegetation, including 300 species of 97 plant families.


Their age-old medicine has been influenced by herbalists of China and India, according to herbalist Nguyen Xuan Tuyen, chairman of the province Herb Association.


Of around 800 members of the association, over 640 have been trained to make drugs from plants found in nature. They net their living on the traditional medicine.


Some 13 shops selling drugs said around one ton of herbal medicine is consumed daily and most herbs are taken from the jungle, making precious herbs at risk of extinction, causing concern to experienced herbalists.


It is for this reason that the traditional medicine preservation project, funded by Global Environment Facility, has operated this year in An Nhon and Phuoc Nhon. The local government is satisfied with the project, providing one hectare of land for planting herbs with 30 households being selected to grow vegetation in their garden.


Tran Ngoc Phan, Xuan Hai commune People’s Committee Chairman, said herbalists in the two villages struggle hard to make their living in faraway districts or even in Laos, Cambodia and China; but when the village’s herb has its own brand name, they would not need to travel far from their houses, rather people would come to them to receive examinations.


Moreover, tour guides can take travelers to the village as part of sightseeing tours. Perhaps a “cure tour” to the traditional medicine village can be combined with visiting other craft villages like Bau Truc ceramic – one of the two oldest ceramic villages in Southeast Asia- Chakleng – My Nghiep weaving center with diversified well-known products in Ninh Thuan, Mr. Phan proposed.


If the plan goes well on, herbs of the Cham ethnic minority would become widely famous and lives of residents improved, said Mr. Phan.


The project brings hope that villages there will be covered with herbs and most residents could be both herbalists and tour guides and that the next generation will continue the work to ensure the two villages are prosperous in the future.

Source: SGGP

Herbalists provide free services for traditional medicine week

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

Well-known herbalists from traditional hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City will provide free diagnosis, treatment and prescriptions to kick-off Herbal Medicine Week May 20.


The four-day event is being held in District 5 along several streets known for their herbal medicines.


The focus of the event will be at what is possibly Vietnam’s largest herbal medicine market, both wholesale and retail, located between Hai Thuong Lan Ong, Luong Nhu Hoc and Trieu Quang Phuc streets.


Some 126 booths will display oriental pharmaceutical products and lanterns will be hung along the three streets at night.


Renowned herbalists will give talks on cancer at a seminar.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam tests children’s medicine recalled in US

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 12:42 pm

The Vietnam Drug Administration is testing two children’s and infant medications following a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall of over 40 over-the-counter drugs.

Vietnam will test children’s and infant’s medications to ensure patients’ safety

According to PhytoPharma, most of the Tylenol and Zyrtec liquid children’s products in Vietnam are made in Thailand and around 10,000 bottles of Infant’s Tylenol 15ml was recently imported into Vietnam in January while Zyrtec10 mg was imported from Italy four times over the 2009-2010 period, with 10,000 packets brought in each time (a packet has 10 tablets).


Although the imported drugs were not made in the United State and other nations in which the FDA had wanted recalls, VDA still checked the two drugs to ensure patients’ safety, the administration said.


Deputy health minister Cao Minh Quang instructed the departments of health in provinces and cities to recall the Tylenol and Zyrtec liquid children’s products made in the US as they could have entered Vietnam illegally ways.


Employees at drugstores in Ho Chi Minh City said now that city residents had read the news, they did not want to take the medications.


Related article;
Hospitals to keep close eyes on recalled child medications

Source: SGGP