Drug Administration Law applies to online drug trades, authority
BEIJING, Aug 20, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
An amendment would be made to the Drug
Administration Law to include the supervision over online drug
trading, Wu Zhen, deputy director of the China Food and Drug
Administration (CFDA), told Economic Information Daily on Tuesday.
At present online drug trading is only subject to the Measures on
Management of Internet Drug Information Services and the Interim
Measures on Supervision over Internet Drug Transactions respectively
enacted in 2004 and 2005.
The existing laws and regulations no longer work to handle new
problems that keep popping up along with the booming Internet
industry, observers hold.
The CFDA has not yet put the online trading of health food and
medical apparatus and instruments under supervision, and the latter,
however, has already taken up half of the online market.
"The authorities shall review the present supervision mode over
Internet-based drug transactions to crack down on the sale of
counterfeit drugs and illegal business operations, and on the other
hand, legitimate enterprises shall be encouraged to start and expand
E-commerce business to give the public an access to safe
pharmaceuticals via reliable channels on the Internet," said an
official with Shanghai Food and Drug Administration. (Edited by Shi
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