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Fast Facts

  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Economy: The economy of Vietnam is a developing planned-market economy, and has experienced rapid growth. Nominal GDP US$186 billion, 2014
  • Health Expenditure: 6% of GDP, 2013
  • Population: 90.3 million, 2013
  • Average Life Span: 71/80 (m/f), 2013
  • Languages: Vietnamese and English
  • Adult Literacy Rate: 94% 2009

Health Trends

  • In 2003, the Vietnam Social System (VSS) had taken over the health-insurance system from the Ministry of Health and established a Department of Health Insurance in 2005.
  • The population of Vietnam is about 88.57 million, of whom only 30% are forced into compulsory health care schemes while only 11% are in voluntary programs
  • Most Vietnamese have to pay health services out of their own pocket
  • Major hospitals located in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. 
  • Major infectious diseases: bacterial diarrhoea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever, dengue fever, malaria, Japanese encephalitis, plague and leptospirosis
  • Leading causes of death: cancer, stoke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lower respiratory infections, tuberculosis, cirrhosis, HIV, diabetes.

Clinical Trial Landscape

  • Guidelines on Good Clinical Practice of Clinical Trials (2008)
  • Conduct of clinical trials requires prior approval from MoH. 
  • Sequential process for MoH and EC/IRB submission. 
  • MoH will approve for study phases II, III and IV and will not approve for phase I studies.
  • Larger tertiary hospitals have institutional ethics committee to review clinical trial proposal. 
  • There is continuous growth in the scientific base and capabilities in Vietnam, 
  • Trials are supported by Clinical Research Units (CRUs) in many large hospitals and study coordinators.
  • According to 2011 update from Department of Science and Training, Vietnam MOH, the number of investigators participated instructor-led training and received GCP certificates from MOH is approximately 500.
  • Established research sites for vaccines, pharmaceutical trials and HIV research. 

ICON in Vietnam

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  • Presence in Vietnam since 2008
  • Partnership with local professional experts for clinical research service.
  • Therapeutic Experience:
  • o Cardiology: Hypertension
  • o Endocrinology: DM
  • o Oncology: NSCLC
  • o Pulmonary: COPD, Asthma, TB
  • o Deficiency, Infection: HIV, Hep C, Pneumonia

Services Offered

  • Site feasibility
  • Site selection
  • Clinical trial application to ethics committees. 
  • Dossier preparation and submission to health authority. 
  • Site set-up activities. 
  • Clinical Monitoring.

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