Sources of Products

The top 10 leading foreign sources include France, the United States of America, Italy, Japan, China, Germany, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Taiwan and Canada.  Together they account for approximately 77.2% (55,137) of our total imports (n=71,457).  Products imported from ASEAN countries such as Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines constitute nearly 10.7% (7,621) (Table 26).

 

Table 26: Major sources of imported products

Country

Prescription

Non-prescription

Traditional medicine

Cosmetics

Total

France

251

39

32

11,083

11,405

America

304

446

473

9,390

10,613

Italy

184

28

1

6,763

6,976

Japan

63

41

21

5,843

5,968

China

4

26

1,612

2,724

4,366

Germany

380

142

14

3,668

4,204

Thailand

270

215

14

3,542

4,041

UK

247

105

10

2,474

2,836

Taiwan

55

12

86

2,267

2,420

Canada

170

42

20

2,076

2,308

Source:  Annual report 2005, National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau, MOH