10:26 | 09/08/2017 Science - Technology
(VEN) - The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) is moving ahead with the development of the pharmaceutical chemistry industry under the national science and technology research program. Its aim is to create advanced technologies suitable to manufacturing conditions in Vietnam and restrict material imports to promote sustainable development of this industry.
Meeting domestic demand
According to Luu Hoang Ngoc, Deputy Director of the MoIT’s Vietnam Chemicals Agency, 10 years ago the prime minister signed a decision approving a national science and technology research program for the pharmaceutical chemistry industry until 2020. Implementing its tasks under the program since 2008, the MoIT has promoted the transfer and application of new, advanced technologies in production to create high-quality pharmaceutical materials for use in manufacturing essential medicines in Vietnam.
Over the past more than 10 years, many quality products have been created and received positive feedback from consumers. Examples include Momordica Oil, researched and developed by the Vietnam Medical Products Import-Export Joint Stock Company (Vimedimex). So far, 30 tonnes of the substance, worth VND13.2 billion, have been produced. Another example is material for producing medications to treat cancer, made from periwinkle and meeting European pharmacopoeia standards, researched by the Vietnam Institute of Industrial Chemistry.
The Institute of Natural Chemistry Products under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, in association with Mediplantex, has researched and successfully created products to support the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The Medical Ethics Council of the Vietnam Military Medical University has recognized these products.
Promoting technology application
Despite these positive results, Luu Hoang Ngoc admitted that the application of new technologies in production remains limited. In the opinion of experts, along with promoting scientific research, it is necessary to intensify the application of technologies in manufacturing chemical pharmaceutical medicines.
The Institute of Chemistry recommended that the pharmaceutical chemistry sector increase supplies for the domestic market and look towards exporting its products. Along with seeking access to advanced technologies in the world, this industry needs to bring into play its internal strength and advantages to further develop and promote the application of scientific research results in production.
Vietnam Chemicals Agency Deputy Director Luu Hoang Ngoc:
In the next several decades, the domestic pharmaceutical chemistry sector should concentrate on promoting the application of modern technologies that are suitable to Vietnam’s economic conditions, rather than focusing on research and development of new active elements.
Thanh Tam & Lan Anh