China to monitor all drugs through electronic system

Beijing: Aiming to prevent counterfeit drugs from entering market, China has decided to bring the entire medicine production and circulation process under the electronic monitoring system by 2015, the nation`s food and drug safety watchdog said.

The system, launched in 2006, applies to 56,000 types of drugs as of the end of February. Another 119,000 types will be covered by the end of 2015, according to a five-year drug supervision plan published by the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA).

Drugs that are part of the country`s basic medicine system are already covered by the electronic monitoring network, state-run news agency reported quoting SFDA plan.

The monitoring system will allow for the timely and effective control of drugs in the event of safety risks, the SFDA said, adding it will also help prevent counterfeit drugs from entering the market.

China has dealt with several drug and food safety incidents in recent years, leading the government to respond by introducing a series of measures intended to boost food and drug safety.