HANGZHOU, China, Feb. 4, 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, has launched the first internet based "Remote Hospital Network" platform in Zhejiang Province, China.
The Remote Hospital Network's virtual physician platform was developed by a third party and will be offered onsite at its retail pharmacy locations. It will ultimately be launched across all of China Jo-Jo's retail locations with over two million subscribed members. The remote hospital network platform allows China Jo-Jo to partner with virtually any accredited physician or hospital in providing medical consultation to customers who would then have immediate access to printed prescriptions and pharmacy dispensary services at the Company's drugstores.
China Jo-Jo is currently in discussion to secure exclusivity for the internet hospital platform in Zhejiang province and is in negotiations with an accredited regional hospital to provide physician services on the platform through a profit sharing agreement. The Company will provide regular updates regarding this initiative and other new product and service launches in the future.
Mr. Lei Liu, Chairman and CEO of China Jo-Jo, commented, "We are really excited to be the first to launch this service in Zhejiang Province as the Company continues to extend market share through innovation. Currently, roughly 90% of China's pharmacy prescriptions are handled by hospital dispensaries. In alignment with the recent healthcare reform in China, we continue to meet the needs of consumers by increasing products and services that expand prescription dispensary services from the hospital system into local communities.
"As the Chinese government pushes for healthcare reform we will continue to provide ways to increase access and to provide competitive pricing for prescription drugs, especially for residents who do not live in major cities. This novel and convenient service at China Jo-Jo's retail locations strategically focusses on medical diagnosis and treatment for general non-life threatening conditions, in addition to illnesses that require recurring maintenance prescriptions. The goal of the program is to increase transaction volume at our retail locations while driving healthcare reform and innovation in the retail and online pharmacy business in China," concluded Mr. Liu.
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 September 30, 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.jiuzhou-drugstore.com (Chinese) and www.chinajojodrugstores.com (English).
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