当前位置:首页 > Information > Chinese News

Traditional Chinese Medicine secret known abroad

Source:   Time:

China's measures to prevent the ingredients of the traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) from being exposed have been found to be in vain overseas as internet users have easily found the formula of a famous homeostatic on the website of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Shanghai-based National Business Daily reports a document published on the FDA website has listed the nine ingredients of Yunnan Baiyao Ding, a dietary supplement based on the Yunnan Baiyao formula, which is prohibited from being made public in China.

The newspaper also found that unlike domestic distributors, the US-based shopping website Amazon.com has published the formula of Yunnan Baiyao products online.

The medicine, developed by Qu Huangzhang in 1902, has been designated as one of two Class-1 protected traditional medicines in China, with which its exact formula would be closely guarded for 20 years.

On the packs of the medicine being sold in the Chinese mainland, the list of ingredients has been replaced with a simple reminder that says "the National Secret."

Domestic internet users complained that the company unfairly made the formula public only abroad, while an employee surnamed Zhang, who works for the marketing department of the pharmaceutical Yunnan Baiyao Group, defended the exposure, saying it was required in foreign markets.

Another employee close to the leadership of the company who gave her surname Sun said all the steps the company has taken in distribution overseas conformed to the Chinese law, but she declined to comment on the publishing of the formula on the FDA website.

An official with China's State Food and Drug Administration didn't make an instant reply, only offering the excuse that he was busy with the department's relocation.

More than 2,000 TCM products so far have been on the protection list since China promulgated regulations on January 1, 1993, to protect the rights and interests of TCM makers. Under the regulations, the protected medicines were divided into two classes and their formulas would be kept classified from seven to 30 years, accordingly.

[Relative Articles]

Copyright Reserved 2010 © South-East Asia & South Asia Infoport  | Filing Number:ICP 09005773
Technical Support:China Basalt Software Technology Co., Ltd.