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Table 2 Price changes of Western medicines categorized according to Clinical Pharmacology Classification (2009–2010)

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

Clinical pharmacology classification N Price change (%)
Antiallergics 121 −60.3
Blood-related medicine 317 −52.6
Water-Electrolyte-Acid–base-Balance Medicine 842 −49.2
Antiparasitics 218 −48.9
Urinary system medicine 152 −48.8
Antimicrobial medicine 1643 −46.9
Gynecological medicine 94 −46.7
Vitamin & mineral supplements 519 −43.6
Antipsychotics 70 −42.3
Ophthalmic medicine 177 −40.0
Dermatologic medicine 291 −39.5
Nervous system medicine 298 −39.1
Digestive system medicine 842 −38.9
Respiratory system medicine 333 −37.5
Hormone 489 −34.8
Ear, nose, and throat medicine 38 −29.6
Antipyretic-analgesic and anti-inflammatory medicine 426 −29.4
Cardiovascular system medicine 805 −28.3
Biological medicine 72 72.2
Others 151 −50.0