Tongli drugs listed as 'needed medicines' in China

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HARBIN, China A Chinese drug maker has had three of its drugs included in the country’s list of needed medicines, including one for treating diabetes, now on the rise in the country.

Tongli Pharmaceuticals, based in the far northern Chinese city of Harbin, announced Wednesday that its metformin hydrochloride, gluconate oral liquid and clindamycin hydrochloride had been included in China’s Essential Drug List, meaning that government-sponsored health programs will help cover their cost.

In particular, Tongli expects to see a 25% increase in sales of metformin, a drug commonly used to treat diabetes and designated by the International Diabetes Federation as a front-line medicine for the disease.

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