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ithout approval still face serious legal consequences, including revocation of business permits and f
ines of up to 30 times the value of the imported drugs, according to the law, which will take effect on Dec 1.ldsports足球比分419论坛
According to the existing law, unapproved drugs, whether they are effective or not, are classified as fake
ldsports足球比分419论坛品茶微信medicine. Selling such drugs may result in a prison sentence of up to three years, even if there are no serious con
sequences, with harsher penalties possible in cases of serious consequences, such as death.ldsports足球比分419论坛
Yuan Jie, director for the administrative law department of the Legislative Affairs Commissi
ldsports足球比分419论坛on under the NPC Standing Committee, said the revision is “a response to public concern”.
“However, approval is still needed first before importing medicine,” she said. “Imp
orting or selling fake or substandard drugs will still lead to severe punishment.”ldsports足球比分419论坛品茶微信
Many effective drugs used for serious diseases that are already available o
verseas have not gained domestic approval and are not available on the domestic m
ldsports足球比分419论坛arket, resulting in many patients buying such drugs from overseas or through dealers engaged in legal risks.
A popular movie screened last year, Dying to Survive, bas
ed on a real event, stirred heated public debate through its story of a group of leukemia patienldsports足球比分419论坛品茶微信
ts whose survival depended on a drug from India that was not approved in China.
Lu Yong, a businessman and leukemia patient from Wuxi, Jiangsu province, was detained for selling fake drugs after buy
ldsports足球比分419论坛ing a generic version of a leukemia drug from India and selling it to patients for less than one-10th the patented origin
al. He was later released after prosecutors withdrew the charges following the petition of more than 300 patientldsports足球比分419论坛品茶微信
s who purchased the copycat drug from Lu because they could not afford the patent drug.