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Rise of pharmacist-managed clinics in Guangdong Province, China
  1. Zhihua Zheng1,
  2. Yingtong Zeng2,
  3. Junyan Wu3
  1. 1 Guangdong Province Pharmaceutical Association, Guangzhou, China
  2. 2 Department of Pharmacy, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Science, Guangzhou, China
  3. 3 Department of Pharmacy, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Zhihua Zheng, Guangdong Province Pharmaceutical Association, Guangzhou 510080, China; snownotrace{at}

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Previously, hospital pharmacies could sell drugs to patients with markups in China. In 2009, the Chinese government passed the Zero-Markup Drug Policy, which strives to contain the costs of drugs and ultimately reduce the financial burden to the public, and drug price markups ended in China’s public hospitals in 2017. Thus pharmacy departments in China’s public hospitals must transform from drug supply to clinical service. The European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy issued by European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) also emphasises clinical pharmacy services by hospital pharmacists. As hospitals have outpatient departments in China, opening pharmacist-managed clinics in hospitals is a good choice. …

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  • Contributors ZZ planned and wrote the manuscript. YZ and JW collected the data and reviewed the manuscript for critical content. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer-reviewed.