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Table 1 Number of medicines included in previous national essential medicines lists[12]

From: National Essential Medicines List and policy practice: A case study of China’s health care reform

Edition 1982 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2009
Western medicine 278 699 740 770 759 773 205
Chinese traditional medicine 0 1699 1333 1249 1242 1260 102
Total 278 2398 2073 2019 2001 2033 307