China Roles Back Regulations for Traditional Medicines

Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) will no longer need to go through clinical trials.

President Xi Jinping has called this type of medicine a ‘gem’ of the country’s scientific heritage and promised to give alternative therapies and Western drugs equal government support. Now the country is taking dramatic steps to promote these cures even as researchers raise concerns about such treatments.

China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) published draft regulations that in effect means traditional medicines can skip costly and time-consuming trials as long as manufacturers prepare ingredients using essentially the same method as in classic Chinese formulations.

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