SHIJIAZHUANG — A listed Chinese herbal medicine maker on Dec 25 said its compound flu formula has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for clinical tests.
The decision has paved the way for Chinese herbal medicine to enter the US market.
The Shenzhen-listed Yiling Pharmaceutical said that its wholly owned subsidiary in the US received the approval for trials for its Lianhuaqingwen capsule, a compound herbal medicine for treating the common cold and influenza virus.
Chinese therapists have adopted prescriptions from ancient records on herbal medicine and used modern research on viruses and bacteria in developing the medicine.
The Western medical circle has long questioned the efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicine due to the complex herbal ingredients and pharmacology of traditional Chinese medicine.
When the influenza type A H1N1 virus broke out in 2009, nine Chinese hospitals that participated in international exchanges for treating the epidemic used the medicine in clinical treatment, which tested its efficacy and safety. The hospitals’ records of using the drug during the epidemic have been recognized by the World Health Organization.
The Chinese medicine has shown effectiveness in treating flu symptoms including fever, nasal congestion, cough and muscle soreness in clinical tests.
As one of the top-selling anti-influenza drugs in China, the capsule is available in 12,000 pharmacies around China and is also available in Hungary, Canada and Indonesia.
The company based in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China’s Hebei province, said getting an FDA certificate would further enhance the herbal medicine’s standing in the international market.