HANGZHOU, China, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc. (NASDAQ CM: CJJD) (the "Company" or "China Jo-Jo"), a leading China-based pharmacy with retail, wholesale and online distribution of pharmaceutical and health care products through its own online and retail pharmacies, announced regulatory approval and launch of its pilot virtual doctor platform. The platform combines virtual doctor clinic services and in-store prescription dispensary services at six retail pharmacy locations. China Jo-Jo plans to launch outpatient clinic services at all of its retail pharmacy locations.
China Jo-Jo's Chairman and CEO, Mr. Lei Liu commented, "We are pleased with the launch of CJJD's pilot virtual clinic program. As the first pharmacy approved by the CFDA in Zhejiang Province to provide virtual prescription services in combination with in-store dispensary prescription fulfillment, we are excited to assist in providing greater access to general outpatient services such as maintenance programs for the treatment of high blood pressure and diabetes. Access to doctors in China has been difficult historically in many rural areas of China. Not only does our program rectify this problem, relieving hospitals of patient overflow; we are also able to save consumers between 10% and 30% in prescriptions costs as compared to the exact same service rendered at area hospitals."
Establishing this new endeavor required approvals from the CFDA and China's Health Reimbursement Insurance Program administration. The efforts are part of China's move towards providing greater access to healthcare and dispensary services for its citizens. Under this program, services and prescriptions are reimbursable through government administered social insurance as well as private health insurance.
China Jo-Jo partnered with a well-established hospital system in China and third party medical technology vendor in launching the pilot program. Pharmacies that have been setup with diagnostic equipment and video services serviced by the medical technology provider and now have the added benefit of being able to fill prescriptions dispensed by the virtual doctor under the CFDA and Health Insurance Reimbursement Bureau's approved plan.
According to the CFDA, as of 2015 there is a RMB1.3 trillion market for pharmaceutical dispensary services for which hospitals control more than 80% of pricing and dispensary services in China. An added consumer benefit will be to introduce competition and fair pricing practices to the prescription drug market with the goal of providing improved pricing to consumers. It is expected that nearly 2,500 prescriptions will be made available online under this program.
About China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc.
China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc., through its own retail drugstores, wholesale distributor and online pharmacy, is a leading retailer and wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical and healthcare products in China. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had 59 retail pharmacies in Zhejiang Province, China. The Company's wholesale subsidiary not only supplies its retail stores, but also distributes drug and other healthcare products to other drugstores and drug vendors. The Company routinely posts important information on its corporate websites at www.chinajojodrugstores.com.
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