China – China approves 17 anti-cancer drugs for medical insurance coverage

China has approved 17 anti-cancer drugs for inclusion in its national health insurance system, the government said on Wednesday, part of its efforts to make cancer treatment more affordable as the number of cases increases.

China’s State Medical Insurance Administration has been in negotiations with domestic and overseas pharmaceutical companies to lower prices and put more cancer drugs on the list of medicines eligible for reimbursement.

The administration said in a notice that the negotiations were a major part of the government’s strategy to make cancer drugs more affordable to the general public…