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eral public. They are a special commodity, and should not be subject to arbitrary price hikes,” he said at the meeting.
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adjust prices so the general public can be assured drug prices are stabilizing.
亚博体育官网贵宾登录夜网Some experts attributed the shortages to price hikes for active pharmace
ut i cal ingredients, saying that more must be done to boost their production.
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d many active ingredient producers had been closed for various reasons in the last
few years, and many remaining players in the sector had raised prices due to their market dominance.
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eutical ingredients, so that they can better withstand market risks from the supply end.”
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o total drug stock will be raised at State-run grassroots hospitals, the statement said.
亚博体育官网贵宾登录夜网女神会所The Cabinet urged efforts to improve early warning systems for medicine shortages, implement a productio
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It also called for greater government oversight over drug pricing to p
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onably will be identified publicly or disqualified from the government procurement network.