Journal of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences ›› 2016, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (9): 695-699.DOI: 10.5246/jcps.2016.09.078

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Regulation of online pharmacies in China: the current situation and suggested improvements

Menglu Qi1, Bo Gao2, Fei Wang2, Bin Jiang1*   

  1. 1. Department of Pharmacy Administration and Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Science, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing 100191, China
    2. Department of Pharmacy, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing 100034, China
  • Received:2016-05-24 Revised:2016-06-18 Online:2016-09-28 Published:2016-07-10
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    This project was financially supported by China Pharmaceutical Association of Plant Engineering.


Through literature research, expert investigation, and stakeholder interviews, this article summarizes related regulation policies and industry developments of China’s online pharmacies. Based on the main problems, suggestions to improve the regulatory policies of online pharmacies in China were put forward regarding prescriptions, pharmaceutical services, medical insurance, and drug delivery.          

Key words: Online pharmacy, Pharmaceutical industry, Internet pharmacy

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