China registers Cuban drug to treat diabetes

May 5th, 2009 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, May 5 (Prensa Latina) The Chinese government has registered a Cuban drug that is used for treating acute diabetic patients, officials said.
The Heberprot-B, a drug manufactured in Cuba, was introduced in Beijing Monday.

Foreign drugs have to be registered under the Chinese Medicine Regulation Agency before they can be prescribed to patients.

Luis Herrera, director of the Genetic and Biotechnology Engineering Centre (CIGB) in Cuba, said the Heberprot-B is an effective drug to cure diabetic patients.

Herrera will meet the officials of the Chinese health companies as part of his visit to the Asian country aimed at increasing cooperation in the field of biotechnology and genetic engineering.

He said the drug is the only therapeutic alternative for acute and complex diabetic ulcers.

The drug also reduces the risk of amputation of arms, legs, fingers of patients due to acute diabetes.

The product was registered in Cuba in 2006 and is protected by a patent.

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