HA NOI (VNS) — A programme to increase knowledge among doctors, hospital managers and the community about using local drugs was launched by the Drug Administration of Viet Nam (DAV) yesterday in Ha Noi.
The programme is part of the campaign to encourage Vietnamese to purchase locally-manufactured products and to boost the country's pharmaceutical industry, while ensuring adequate supplies for disease prevention and treatment.
The programme will focus on 100 locally-made drugs that have been proven to be of high quality, and are safe and effective in treatment, said DAV director Truong Quoc Cuong, adding that the programme had gained increasing levels of trust from the public each year.
Cuong noted that the programme was expected to become an important criteria in evaluating the quality of local drugs, popularising the country's pharmaceutical industry and local drugs in the community.
The programme would be an important bridge connecting management, people and drug companies in raising people's knowledge about locally produced drugs and doctors' roles and responsibilities towards assuring effective prescription and drug use, according to health minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien.
"It is necessary to prove that locally made drugs are of high quality and cheap prices, compared to imported drugs, and suitable for the poor in rural, remote and mountainous areas," said Tien.
DAV's statistics indicated that the country's pharmaceutical market had reached US$30 billion in 2012. Viet Nam currently has 121 GMP (Good Manufacture Practice) pharmaceutical firms that have met 50 per cent of the country's drug demand. —VNS