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Taiwan, China reach consenus on clinical tests of new drugs: MAC
Central News Agency
2014-09-04 10:08 PM
Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) Taiwan and China reached a "concrete consensus" on clinical tests for new drugs, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top China policy maker, said Thursday. The apparent breakthrough came during a recent visit by Vice Health Minister Shiu Ming-neng to China, where he met with related Chinese agencies to communicate on cooperation in research and development of new drugs. Representatives of both sides came to their "consensus" on cooperation in clinical tests of drugs, recognition of clinical data and data using for reference in drug inspection and registration, all in a bid to simplify screening and approval procedure and cut out double tests, according to MAC Deputy Minister Wu Mei-hung. She said that Taiwan and China exchanged views on the prevention and control of the Ebola virus but had not touched on R&D for an Ebola vaccine. China has shown keen interest in Taiwan's advanced medical management and services, hoping to upgrade its medical quality through exchanges, she said. Since the two sides signed an agreement on medical and health cooperation three years ago, they have achieved "concrete results" together in prevention and treatment of communicable diseases and notifications of epidemics, she said. Progress on cooperation in R&D for new drugs had not met expectations before now, however, she said. (By Yin Chun-chieh and Lilian Wu)
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