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Table 1 Overall price differences for all drugs and for drugs in various subcategories (2009–2010)

From: Effects of the National Essential Medicine System in reducing drug prices: an empirical study in four Chinese provinces

Category N Price (in Chinese yuan) Price chang (%)
    2009 2010 p-value  
Category(1) Western medicines 7897 4.5 2.1 <0.01 −41.6
  TCMs 3091 10.8 8.1 <0.01 −24.3
Category(2) NEDs 7768 5.0 2.6 <0.01 −35.3
  PEDs 3220 9.0 5.5 <0.01 −32.9
Region Shandong 7897 3.5 1.9 <0.01 −40.0
  Zhejiang 3091 7.4 4.1 <0.01 −33.6
  Anhui 7768 5.0 2.2 <0.01 −37.0
  Ningxia 3220 2.6 2.4 <0.01 −4.8
Total   10988 5.7 3.0 <0.01 −34.4
  1. Note: United States dollar = 6.8 Chinese yuan.
  2. p value refers to nonparametric test for statistical difference of prices between the two periods.
  3. TCMs, traditional Chinese medicines; NEDs, national essential drugs; PEDs, provincial essential drugs.