Article from Cloud-based Medicine Studio | A national authoritative medical organization for rare diseases will be established, and the second list of rare diseases will be updated
(attachments: the first list and the national reimbursement drug list)


Published in Guangdong by Cloud-based Medicine Studio
Editor: Zifeiyu


Recently, the National Health Commission replied to the Proposal on Increasing Investment in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Rare Diseases, mentioning that the National Health Commission will update the second list of rare diseases when appropriate in accordance with the rare diseases listing procedures, and that the Chinese Medical Association plans to establish the first national authoritative medical organization for rare diseases, namely the Rare Diseases Branch of the Chinese Medical Association.



In May 2018, the National Health Commission, together with the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and the National Medical Products Administration, released China’s First List of Rare Diseases, which included 121 rare diseases, providing an important basis for authorities to formulate policies related to rare diseases.

The next year, the National Health Commission formulated and issued the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Rare Diseases (covering each of the 121 rare diseases), and organized medical personnel training sessions through industry organizations.

In addition, through the Office of the National Collaborative Network for Diagnosis and Treatment of Rare Diseases, the National Health Commission provided doctor training for hospitals in the collaborative network to improve doctors’ abilities to diagnose and treat rare diseases.

According to the reply, the National Health Commission will update the list of rare diseases when appropriate in accordance with the rare diseases listing procedures, and carry out the training for the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases through the Expert Committee on Rare Diseases Diagnosis, Treatment and Security and the National Collaborative Network for Diagnosis and Treatment of Rare Diseases.

Besides, the reply said that so far, some provinces and municipalities have established rare diseases-related expert committees, societies or study groups under local medical associations. The Chinese Medical Association is proactively preparing for the setup of the Rare Diseases Chapter of the Chinese Medical Association to play the role of a national authoritative academic organization.

According to Frost & Sullivan’s prediction, the Chinese market of drugs for rare diseases will grow to USD 25.9 billion in 2030. So far, more than 60 drugs for rare diseases have been approved for marketing in China, and more than 40 have been included in the national reimbursement drug list. With the continuous promulgation of favorable national policies, more Chinese enterprises are anticipated to engage in the R&D of drugs for rare diseases.

In this year’s adjustment of the national reimbursement drug list, more attention was paid to drugs for rare diseases, and 7 such drugs were finally included, covering multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica and other rare diseases, which will significantly enhance China’s medical security for rare diseases and benefit patients with rare diseases.





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