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Tibet Strives to Double its Medicine Output Value by 2015; Say Officials

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Lhasa, Tibet: -- Tibet autonomous region aims to double its pharmaceutical industry's output to 1.3 billion yuan (204 million U.S. dollars) by 2015, Chinese pharmaceutical authorities told Chinese state controlled media Xinhua Wednesday.
"Tibet plans to increase the output value of its pharmaceutical industry, dominated by traditional Tibetan medicine, by over 14 percent annually between 2011 and 2015, as stated in the region's pharmaceutical industry development plan issued recently," according to Chinese officials with the so called region's medicine administration.

The output value of Tibet's pharmaceutical industry has enjoyed rapid growth in the past five years and reached 650 million yuan in 2010, officials added.

Over the next five years, Tibet plans to develop three to five new medicine products with indigenous intellectual property rights and cultivate two or three pharmaceutical companies with an annual revenue of 300 million yuan each, they further added.

Tibet will develop its pharmaceutical industry in the context of energy saving and emission reduction as well as environmental protection, as stated in the plan.

Traditional Tibetan medicine, with a history of more than 2,300 years, utilizes herbs, minerals and physical therapies such as acupuncture to treat illness.

Officials claimed earlier this month that the central government has spent 66 million yuan (10.4 million U.S. dollars) to improve medical facilities in Tibet autonomous region this year. The spending has enabled 27 hospitals across Tibet to purchase equipment or renovate their buildings, the regional health administration said in a Tuesday press release.

The spending, allocated by the central treasury, averages 2 million yuan for each of Tibet's 21 county hospitals for traditional Tibetan medicine and 4 million yuan for each of its six traditional Tibetan hospitals in the Shannan, Nagqu, Ngari, Xigaze, Nyingchi and Qamdo prefectures, the document said.

China is determined to improve medical facilities in Tibet and sustain Tibetan herbal medicine, a 2,300-year-old discipline still popular in the plateau region.

The regional government has also earmarked 10 million yuan annually to foster the development of traditional Tibetan medicine.  China's total investment in Tibet's medical sector topped 200 million yuan between 2006 and 2010.


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