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Hanoi (VNA) – Twenty factories producing medicine from herbal substances met the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) regulations set by the World Health Organisation in 2015, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said.

A number of western medicine plants also satisfied the GMP standards of the European Union and the Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation Scheme for GMP, she noted at a meeting of the Medicine Management Department in Hanoi on December 25.

The Medicine Management Department reported that the application of good practice standards has been well maintained, and all products imported by foreign companies which used to violate medicine quality rules were examined in 2015.

The pharmaceutical sector has also carried out synchronous measures to stabilise medicine prices and the medicine market, it added.

Minister Tien asked the sector to research revisions to the existing law on pharmaceuticals and intensively carry out the national strategy for the sector’s development in the time ahead.-VNA