Recently, Guangdong Yifang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., (hereinafter referred to as Yifang Pharmaceutical) located in Nanhai District, Foshan, received a medicine registration approval document issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The “Huashi Baidu Granule” (a medicine to resolve dampness) produced by the company will officially enter the UAE market as a medicine, which marks the recognition of the “power of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)” in the global fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, attracting wide social attention.
Foshan, known as “the Ancestor of Lingnan Medicine” and “the Hometown of Guangdong Proprietary Medicine”, has a long history of TCM culture and a solid foundation of the development of TCM industry. During the Ming and the Qing dynasties, Foshan’s Chinese proprietary medicine was sold at home and abroad. Until today, Liang Zhonghong “Baolongwan” Pill, Feng Liaoxing Rheumatism Medicinal Liquor, Li Zhongsheng Pharmacy’s “Baojiwan” Pill, Huang Xianghua “Ruyi” Oil and other time-honored brands of Foshan Chinese proprietary medicine are still selling well.
Speaking of TCM, most people might think of the scene of an old master weighing the medicine with bare hands. However, the TCM industry has already become an intelligent, scientific and technological modern industry in Foshan.
In recent years, Foshan TCM industry has maintained high-speed growth, with a total output value of more than 10 billion yuan. At present, there are 34 enterprises producing TCM (including 24 enterprises producing TCM pieces prepared for decoction) and 5 pharmaceutical centers of medical institutions in Foshan. In 2019, there are two large backbone TCM enterprises with a revenue scale of more than 1 billion yuan in Foshan, namely Yifang Pharmaceutical, whose TCM prescription granules accounting for nearly 30% of the domestic market, and Medi-World Pharmaceutical.
Yifang Pharmaceutical: produce effective drugs against COVID-19
In Yifang Pharmaceutical, the staff are taking down the corresponding medicine bottles from a row of metal walls covered with white plastic sealed bottles. After pressing the “confirm” button, the machine will automatically put the required medicine into the medicine box. In a few seconds, a medicine box containing the TCM prescription granules will be automatically produced. This is the scene of an intelligent TCM pharmacy built by Yifang Pharmaceutical, which is also a microcosm of the modernization and transformation of TCM in Foshan.
At the end of February this year, which was the critical period of fighting against the COVID-19 epidemic, the “Toujie Quwen” Granule (once known as “No.1 Pneumonia Prescription”), produced by Yifang Pharmaceutical, was approved for clinical use in 30 designated COVID-19 treatment hospitals in Guangdong. At present, the cumulative production of the granule has reached more than 1 million bags, showing the quintessence value of TCM.
TCM prescription granule is an innovation of TCM decoction. On the basis of inheriting the traditional decoction methods, advanced TCM pharmaceutical technology is used to produce TCM prescription granules. In addition to modern equipment and instruments, Yifang Pharmaceutical has also developed a set of scientific management methods, which adopts advanced technology and strict standards in the process of raw medicine materials, production and finished products.
Through continuous innovation in the inheritance process and the new vitality of TCM empowered by modern manufacturing production, Yifang Pharmaceutical has become the “invisible champion” of TCM prescription granule industry, maintaining a sales growth of more than 20% for many years.
Medi-World Pharmaceutical: classic prescription in modern pharmaceutical production
Similar to Yifang Pharmaceutical, Medi-World Pharmaceutical has promoted Foshan TCM industry to become bigger and stronger with an output value exceeding 1 billion yuan through modern pharmaceutical methods. Medi-World Pharmaceutical, a manufacturer of TCM “Yupingfeng” Granule, has exclusively introduced two fully automatic high-speed bagging production lines from Italy to improve the production efficiency of “Yupingfeng” Granule earlier in 2013.
In 2017, Medi-World Pharmaceutical launched the second development project of “Yupingfeng” Granule to improve drug quality through the introduction of modern pharmaceutical preparation technology. “In the future, Medi-World Pharmaceutical will break through the bottleneck of TCM quality and promote the research and development of value-oriented high-quality TCM by continuously seizing the R&D opportunity of classic prescriptions,” said Fu Yongmei, General Manager of Medi-World Pharmaceutical.
Feng Liaoxing: provide medicine liquor as well as health-related services
In the memory of Foshan people, Feng Liaoxing, with a history of more than 300 years, is always accompanied by a strong flavor of medicinal liquor. However, today’s Feng Liaoxing is not only a medicinal liquor factory, but also a pathfinder for the development of Foshan’s health-related industry.
Since 2015, with the help of “Feng Liaoxing”, a well-known time-honored brand in Foshan, China Traditional Chinese Medicine Holdings Co., Ltd. has established Feng Liaoxing Chinese Medical Center and launched services such as out-patient clinic of famous traditional Chinese medicine doctors, traditional Chinese medicine therapy, recovery and health care, and family health care, providing Foshan citizens with integrated TCM services of prevention, treatment, recovery and health care.
During the COVID-19 epidemic, Feng Liaoxing Chinese Medical Center has effectively combined TCM with Internet marketing to provide health services at home. It organized traditional Chinese medicine experts to carry out online medical services for free, make online disease diagnosis, online prescription and provide health care advice through videos.
In 2017, Feng Liaoxing also cooperated with Foshan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine to build the Intelligent TCM Distribution Center connecting with the hospital backstage system, which has created an open and shared TCM service platform. After the doctor prescribes the prescription, the Distribution Center will provide a variety of services in real time, such as TCM decoction, TCM prescription preparation, ointment production, temporary prescription processing, Chinese and western medicine preparation, and modern Chinese medicine granule prescription preparation, and offer one-stop dispensing and free delivery of all drugs to home.