Table 2

Distribution of medicines in the national essential medicines list and in the supplemented medicines lists (all the supplemented medicines by 29 provinces)
No. Category No. of national essential medicines No. of supplemented medicines
C1 Antimicrobial medicine 33 95
C2 Antiparasitic medicine 7 7
C3 Narcotic 4 15
C4 Antipyretic and analgesic anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic medicine 9 77
C5 Medicine for nervous system 14 48
C6 Medicine for mental disorder 6 21
C7 Medicine for cardiovascular system 29 66
C8 Medicine for respiratory system 7 34
C9 Medicine for digestive system 17 96
C10 Medicine for urinary system 5 13
C11 Medicine for hematologic system 10 45
C12 Hormone and medicine affecting the endocrine system 15 50
C13 Anti-allergy medicine 4 5
C14 Medicine for immune system 2 14
C15 Vitamin, mineral substance medicine 7 34
C16 Medicine for humoral regulation 8 10
C17 Antidote 5 16
C18 Biological product 4 8
C19 Diagnostic agent 2 10
C20 Medicine for dermatology 5 47
C21 Medicine for ophthalmology 5 24
C22 Medicine for otorhinolaryngology 3 9
C23 Medicine for gynecology 3 9
C24 Medicine for birth control 1 5
C25 Antineoplastic medicine 0 25
T1 Internal medicine (diaphoresis, clearing heat, and relieving cough) 24 212
T2 Internal medicine (cardiovascular system) 16 153
T3 Internal medicine (digestive system) 20 121
T4 Internal medicine (other) 13 94
T5 Surgery 7 32
T6 Gynecology 8 62
T7 Ophthalmology 2 9
T8 Otorhinolaryngology 4 38
T9 Orthopedics and Traumatology 8 70
T10 Dermatology 0 14
Total 307 1588

Note: A kind of medicine for multi-diseases is counted only once.

C = Chemical medicines, T = Chinese traditional medicine.

Tian et al.

Tian et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:401   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-401

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