At the State Council executive meeting on February 14, Premier Li Keqiang gave an example of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine, illustrating the importance of “opening up the development of the Chinese medicine industry”.
“The artemisinin was found to be inspired by traditional Chinese medicine books, extracted from Chinese herbal medicines, and finally widely used in the treatment of Chinese and Western medicine.” The Prime Minister said, “To maintain the characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine, Open mind and further promote the development of Chinese medicine."
It is impossible to "generalize" the concept of Chinese medicine indefinitely, but to grasp some key issues and focus on promoting
One of the topics of the day's meeting was to identify further measures to promote the development of Chinese medicine and to take advantage of traditional medicine to benefit the people. Li Keqiang said that in recent years, the Chinese medicine industry has continued to grow rapidly, and it is necessary to continue to introduce some hard measures to "get to the point."
"There are very few Chinese medicine practitioners who don't understand Western medicine. They often ask for more blood pressure. This has broadened the traditional concept of Chinese medicine. For patients, very few people only see Chinese medicine, or Most Chinese medicines are taken together by Chinese and Western medicine.” He said, “In this case, we should further explore the promotion of integration of Chinese and Western medicine, and pay equal attention to both Chinese and Western medicine, and further promote the development of Chinese medicine with an open mind.”
Li Keqiang pointed out that inheriting the advantages of traditional Chinese medicine and exerting its unique role can better benefit human health. "But in this process, we can't infinitely 'generalize' the concept of Chinese medicine, but we must grasp some key issues and push forward, and strive to achieve breakthroughs in some areas," the Prime Minister said.
Determined to improve the quality of drugs, especially the quality of essential drugs
“I recently saw some news reports that our citizens travel abroad and go to other countries to buy cold medicines and even band-aids.” Li Keqiang said, “We have to make up our minds to improve the quality of medicines, especially the quality of essential medicines.”
Another topic of the day's meeting was the deployment to promote innovation and upgrading of the pharmaceutical industry. The meeting determined that the safety evaluation and product traceability system should be improved, the quality supervision of the whole process should be strengthened, the international advanced level should be benchmarked, and the implementation of drugs and medical device standards should be implemented to improve the quality of essential drugs.
Li Keqiang emphasized that the development of the pharmaceutical industry is first of all "the needs of the people's livelihood" and also the "development needs." We must combine the accelerated development of the pharmaceutical industry and the deepening of the reform of the medical and health system to better serve the people's livelihood and stabilize growth.
According to reports, in some developed countries in the West, the pharmaceutical industry accounts for 8% of GDP, and the proportion of individual countries is higher. In China, this proportion is only 5%. The Prime Minister pointed out in this regard: "Promoting the innovation and upgrading of the pharmaceutical industry will not only benefit the people's livelihood, but also be an important measure for steady growth. This contains enormous potential for promoting economic upgrading and structural optimization."