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China launches pilot scheme to ease drug approvals

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05-Nov-15 China has launched a three-year pilot scheme to loosen approvals for new drugs, the country's food and drug regulator said, as Beijing looks to help stimulate innovation in the country's pharmaceutical sector. The trial will allow research and development bodies to seek drug approvals, which are currently restricted to drug manufacturers. [image: ET Healthworld]

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A flood of new hospitals in India

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04-Nov-15 India's new government, led by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, has sanctioned another 200-bed children's hospital in Bemina, Srinagar. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also identified five districts in the state for new medical colleges, as well as two cancer institutes, in Kashmir and Jammu. Two 200-bed maternity hospitals are also in the pipeline. [image: Abid Bhat]

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Abraaj creates largest private diagnostic imaging network in Morocco

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04-Nov-15 Investor The Abraaj Group has taken a majority stake in Al Kindy, Casablanca's largest private oncology clinic, and Menara, a leading oncology and imaging diagnostics center in Marrakech. Al Kindy and Menara together form the largest private integrated network of imaging diagnostics and cancer treatment centers in Morocco, expected collectively to treat more than 10,000 patients in 2015. [image: The Abraaj Group].

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Patients insecure about province- and district-level hospitals in Vietnam

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04-Nov-15 A survey by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper of over 100 patients in Ho Chi Minh City revealed that most are willing to tolerate distance, high cost, and waiting time to have their health symptoms diagnosed and treated. Most people believe that doctors and health staff of the “high-ranking” hospitals are better trained and more skilful. [image: Tuoi Tre News]

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Taiwan medical equipment output could hit USD6 bn by 2020

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04-Nov-15 The production value of Taiwan's medical equipment sector is expected to reach NTD200 bn (USD6.13 bn) in 2020, as the government will help local manufacturers to launch new applications, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said. In 2014, production rose 6% to NTD123 bn, accounting for 43% of the total biotech industry. [image: Focus Taiwan]

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