The rising tide of Chinese medicinal materials is coming!

This medicine has risen to more than 200,000 yuan per catty!

what happened?

  In recent years, the sound of rising prices of Chinese medicinal materials has always been heard.

Recently, the prices of some Chinese medicinal materials have risen to varying degrees again, ranging from several percent to several times as high.

  What impact will this have on the Chinese herbal medicine pharmaceutical market?

The reporter conducted an investigation in Anguo City, Hebei Province, the main distribution center for Chinese herbal medicines.

Prices of some Chinese medicinal materials increase

Animal medicinal materials rose at least 50%

  In the Hebei Anguo Chinese Medicinal Material Market, the reporter visited a number of business households and found that the prices of many Chinese medicinal materials have risen recently, with more than 30 varieties of Chinese medicinal materials increasing in price.

  Ms. Zhang, who has been in the business of Chinese medicinal materials for many years, told reporters that since September, 30% of the medicinal materials she manages have seen price increases of varying degrees.

She said: "Ligusticum chuanxiong rose by 2 yuan, originally sold for 20 yuan, now it is 22 yuan."

  In addition, cold medicine raw materials such as Radix Isatidis, Forsythia suspensa, and barley for invigorating the spleen and lungs, etc. are also on the list of price increases. These are basically the most used varieties in traditional Chinese medicine prescriptions.

  During the interview, the reporter also found that the prices of many Chinese medicinal materials with the same medicine and food, that is, Chinese medicinal materials that can be used as medicine and edible at the same time, have also risen rapidly. The prices of cassia, lily, cardamom, safflower, etc. have increased by 10% to 30%. .

The most obvious price increase was for some animal Chinese medicinal materials. The smallest increase was around 50%, and the largest increase was more than doubled.

  “Last year, the price of Baihua snake was about 50 yuan per kilogram, and the price of genuine goods was more than 100 yuan this year. The black snake was about 400 yuan per kilogram last year, and this year it was 1,000 yuan and 1,200 yuan.” said a merchant in Hebei Anguo Chinese Medicinal Material Market.

  Xu Dongya is one of the few merchants operating natural bezoar in the market. She told reporters that the price of natural bezoar has been rising recently and the supply is still in short supply.

  It took her several months to receive a handful of bezoar. Although it weighs only 0.5 kg, the price is as high as more than 200,000 yuan.

Four years ago, the price of these bezoars was only about 50,000 yuan, and the price has risen nearly five times in four years, and it is still rising.

  Xu Dongya said: “According to the price set by the pharmaceutical factory, this year is an increase of 40,000 to 50,000 yuan per kilogram from last year.”

Severe weather affects the origin

Reduced production of some Chinese medicinal materials

  During the investigation, the reporter found that the rapid price increase of Chinese medicinal materials caught some buyers by surprise, and many buyers chose to wait and see, which also made the current market transactions tend to be deserted.

What caused the price increase?

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  During the interview, many merchants told reporters that the price increase of some Chinese medicinal materials was mainly due to the short supply.

Like burdock, Chuanxiong, and Forsythia, the output of the original place of origin this year has decreased to varying degrees.

  For Chinese medicinal materials with the same medicine and food, they are mainly affected by the epidemic this year, and the demand has increased significantly compared with previous years, leading to price increases.

  However, due to the needs of epidemic prevention and control, the country strictly controls the customs clearance and inspection links, so the import volume of Chinese herbal medicines has dropped sharply.

  In addition, after the epidemic, the state issued regulations to strengthen the supervision of animal Chinese medicinal materials, and more stringent management in terms of breeding, production, and epidemic prevention.

  Ms. Wang, a buyer from Henan, said that her users are mainly small medical institutions, and the demand for these institutions has not fully recovered due to the epidemic. Therefore, she is on the sidelines of purchasing raw materials.

  Many purchasers said that the current increase in raw materials has directly increased the procurement cost by about 20%, and the recovery of demand from customers is still unclear. Therefore, they choose to observe the price trend before purchasing.

Pharmaceutical companies are under pressure to stock up and reduce costs

  The price increase of Chinese medicinal materials puts cost pressure on downstream pharmaceutical companies.

Will the prices of Chinese medicine decoction pieces and Chinese medicine preparations be adjusted?

  Xie Shuqiang is the person in charge of a traditional Chinese medicine decoction piece manufacturer in Hebei. He told reporters that their products are mainly for hospitals and pharmaceutical factories, and the pharmaceutical factories’ order contracts are signed for one year. Even if the prices of raw materials rise, they cannot adjust product prices. .

The ever-changing Chinese herbal medicine market in recent years has forced them to form strategies to deal with price fluctuations.

  Xie Shuqiang, the person in charge of Kang Yiqiang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.: Pre-judge the market, such as what will be the output this year, what will be the inventory, and comprehensively analyze whether the price will rise or fall. Based on the conclusions reached, we will sign contracts with customers.

  Some companies stock up in advance to reduce production costs.

A company’s warehouse stocked dozens of tons of coix seed, which was bought in one go two months ago.

  And some companies have no choice but to accept the fact that costs are rising when they are unable to stock up.

  Li Long is the head of a pharmaceutical company in Hebei. Among dozens of proprietary Chinese medicines produced by the company, a large number of precious Chinese medicinal materials, including bezoar, musk, bear bile, etc., are needed, and the price increase accounts for a considerable percentage, and some have doubled the year-on-year increase. Doubled.

  The reporter interviewed many pharmaceutical companies in Beijing, Sichuan and other places. Many companies said that if the prices of Chinese medicinal materials continue to rise, they will have to increase the prices of end products.

  In this regard, experts in the industry urge that with the implementation of the "Traditional Chinese Medicine Management Law", it is hoped that relevant departments can use national reserves and other means to adjust and balance the supply and demand market of Chinese medicinal materials, play a role in stabilizing prices, and promote the development of the Chinese medicine industry. healthy growth.