China Detains Ex-Official in Inquiry on Fake Drugs – David Barboza
With a growing number of cases involving the sale of fraudulent or dangerous medicines, China said Friday that it had ordered a thorough investigation into its government agency that is supposed to be the national watchdog.
The government said it had detained Zheng Xiaoyu, the head of the State Food and Drug Administration from the time of its founding in 1998 until he retired in June 2005. The move is a major step in a wider government investigation into corruption in the country’s fast-growing pharmaceutical industry.
(Photo of Zheng Xiaoyu)