Recently, the United States has suffered the strongest flu attack in nearly a decade, and the "Oriental liquid" - nianci'an Chuanbei loquat cream has become popular by accident. Many Americans who have been coughing for a long time claim to have miraculous effect. In the face of Americans robbing Chuanbei loquat cream, what do experts say? Is Chuanbei loquat cream really a magic drug that can cure all kinds of diseases?
At present, the price of this product on the Internet has doubled 10 times, up to 430 yuan.
As a result, the share price of Jinhuo pharmaceutical, a loquat cream dealer listed in Hong Kong, also kept rising. By the end of February 27, Jinhuo group's share price was 1.45/share, up 25%. At one time, Jinhuo group's share price soared 55%, with a market value of 903 million yuan.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it has no right to test the safety and efficacy of loquat cream. It is recommended that consumers communicate with medical personnel before taking loquat cream, and be alert to the "miraculous effect" publicized.
Zhang Zhidong, deputy director of the Pharmaceutical Department of the First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University, told Nandu that loquat cream is not an antiviral drug and has no real effect on influenza.
Loquat cream: the purchase price in the United States is 430 yuan
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention on October 25, 2017, 97 children have died of influenza related diseases. In the third week of this year alone, more than 4000 people died of flu and pneumonia. It is reported that the prevention rate of influenza vaccine is only 36%, and antiviral drugs in pharmacies across the United States are sold out of stock.
While fighting the flu, a loquat cream that the Chinese are no longer familiar with is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States. The Wall Street Journal published a report on the 22nd that "don't be afraid of coughing! This herbal medicine has become the topic center of New Yorkers", which tells the story of the success of loquat cream 'passerby turns the powder' by schweider, a professor of art and Design Department of New York University.
Schweider said he had been sick and coughing constantly. He took Chuanbei loquat cream introduced by his girlfriend and "it worked in 15 minutes.". "I recommended the drug to at least five people," he said.
All of a sudden, everyone was talking about (loquat cream). "Chinese people have known about loquat cream for a long time, dating back to the Qing Dynasty," said Ching weh Chen, a Chinese supermarket owner in New York called Zhujiang. Now white customers come into the supermarket and want to buy this product. '
On Amazon, a 150ml bottle of loquat cream is on sale for $67. Nandu reporter found that nianci'an Chuanbei loquat cream was sold for 7 US dollars (about 45 RMB) in Chinese supermarkets in the United States before. At present, the price on Amazon is mostly between 10 US dollars and 25 US dollars, and there is a high price of 67 US dollars. Most of the goods show that 'there is not much left, and pre purchase is from fast'.
In the $25 reviews, 85% of the 193 consumers gave five stars good reviews.
In Amazon's comments on Loquat cream, 85% of the 193 consumers gave 5 stars favorable comments. According to the Wall Street Journal, Matthew Modine, an actor in the American drama "Strange Tales", coughed for more than two months with chest tightness, and bought a bottle of loquat cream when the cold was the most serious. However, there is no evaluation of the efficacy of the drug, saying 'his only concern is the source of the drug, because the quality standards set by China and the United States are different'.
Mr. Shen, a Chinese living in New Jersey, said the flu was very serious in the United States this year. He had been vaccinated in January, but he still had a cold last week. As for the popularity of loquat cream on the Internet, he said that the Americans around him were not affected and the price of loquat cream did not rise in the local Chinatown.
Dealers: share price soared 55%
After the Wall Street Journal reported, the stock price of Jinhuo pharmaceutical, a loquat cream dealer listed in Hong Kong, has been rising, with a 55% jump on Monday local time. Founded in 1996, Jinhuo pharmaceutical signed an agency cooperation agreement with Nanjing nianci'an General Factory in 1997 to sell Jingdu nianci'an honey refined Chuanbei loquat cream in mainland China.
On November 25, 2010, kinglive pharmaceutical was successfully listed on the main board of Hong Kong, mainly engaged in the agency and distribution of famous drugs and health products at home and abroad. From 2009 to 2014, it was rated as one of the "top 100 importers of Chinese drugs and health care products". In 2013, it ranked among the top five importers of Chinese patent medicines.
By the end of February 27, Jinhuo group's share price had closed at 1.45/share, up 25%, with a market value of 903 million yuan.
According to the latest 2017 semi annual report of kinglive pharmaceutical, as of the end of June 2017, the net profit of kinglive pharmaceutical was 29.03 million yuan and the income was 509 million yuan, up 22.0% year on year. Among them, the sales volume of Medicine (mainly Chuanbei Pipa cream) is still the first, accounting for 55%.
The 2015 annual report once showed that the supply and sales of products in the mainland market of China were affected by the expired import registration of Chuanbei loquat cream in nianci'an, Kyoto and the renewal of the certificate for one year. After the completion of import registration renewal in 2016, the total sales increased by 47.6% year on year, of which nianci'an accounted for 59%. Before going public in 2010, the company's annual revenue growth never exceeded 20%.
Expert: loquat cream can't treat influenza
Is loquat cream really effective in treating influenza?
'loquat cream is not an antiviral drug. It has no real effect on the treatment of influenza, but it has a better effect on relieving cough. Zhang Zhidong, deputy director of the Pharmaceutical Department of the First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University, said that Chuanbei Pipa cream can moisten the lungs and stop coughing, dispel phlegm and stop asthma, which has a good therapeutic effect on cough and expectoration caused by dry heat.
Zhang Zhidong said that both at home and abroad have identified it as an over-the-counter drug, which is also due to its relatively accurate efficacy, high safety, less adverse reactions to the human body and will not make people addicted.
It is understood that traditional Chinese medicine products are mainly sold in areas with a high proportion of Chinese in the United States and have been difficult to enter the mainstream market. This sudden rise in popularity, Zhang Zhidong analysis, may be due to the relatively small use of Chinese patent medicine abroad, so once a good effect is reported to spread, it will lead to the behavior of follow-up purchase.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded that it had no right to test the safety and efficacy of loquat cream. It suggested that consumers should communicate with medical personnel before taking loquat cream and be alert to the "miraculous effect" publicized, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Keith Brenner, a pulmonary medicine expert at Columbia University, cautioned that flu patients need to seek treatment as soon as possible, because antiviral drugs like Tamiflu can only work within 48 hours of the virus's arrival. If patients choose to take herbal supplements first, they will miss the time of timely treatment, especially if patients have other physical problems, which may lead to hospitalization or even death.
Nandu reporter learned that the national health and Family Planning Commission recently released the influenza diagnosis and treatment plan (2018 version) for the flu season, which requires that the elderly, children, pregnant women and key groups with basic diseases should be treated and used antiviral drugs in a timely manner. Antiviral treatment within 48 hours of onset can reduce influenza complications.
According to the treatment plan for influenza (2018 version) issued by the national health and Family Planning Commission, the neuraminidase inhibitor (NAI) is effective for influenza A and B, and three anti influenza drugs are recommended: oseltamivir, zanamivir and palamivir.
Zhang Zhidong said that influenza is not like a common cold. If it is diagnosed, it must be treated in hospital and take antiviral drugs, so it can't continue to deteriorate.