Recently, China's National Health Commission and State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine jointly-published The Diagnosis and Treatment Protocol for COVID-19 (Trial Version 8), recommending that Lianhua Qingwen Capsule, a Chinese traditional medicine, be used during the medical observation period of COVID-19 patients.
Lianhua Qingwen's selection to the protocol demonstrates the recognition from Chinese authorities of its outstanding performance to control COVID-19 in China. It is learned that during the pandemic, Lianhua Qingwen has been widely used in designated hospitals and medical institutions in China, and has become the most recommended Chinese medicine in the COVID-19 treatment programs from the country's provinces and municipalities.
This is not the first time that Lianhua Qingwen came into public view as an official recommended medicine in China. In 2003, Lianhua Qingwen was developed by Yiling Pharmaceutical in response to the "SARS" pandemic. Research of its effect on SARS from the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in China has revealed that it could significantly inhibit the replication of SARS virus. In 2015 when another coronavirus caused the Middle East respiratory syndrome, the National Health Commission also explicitly recommended Lianhua Qingwen Capsule as the preventive medical treatment medicine in its plan.
Lianhua Qingwen Capsule has recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines and entered the Philippine market on November 23. In view of its crucial role played in major public health events, the Philippine experts hope that Lianhua Qingwen will be helpful to effectively combat COVID-19 in Philippines after entering the market and provide assistance for the Philippine government and people.
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