China Cracks Down on Drug Companies

In the run-up to the Olympics, China is cleaning up its pharmaceutical industry, which the U.S. has accused of exporting tainted drugs and manufacturing the worldwide supply of illegal performance enhancing drugs. From the New York Times:

Chinese officials said Wednesday that licenses had been revoked for three drugmakers, including one that sent human growth hormone to the United States, and that they had punished 125 other companies, mostly pharmacies, for making, selling or distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

The move was heralded as evidence that China was determined to live up to its promise to host a clean Olympics.

Officials also challenged claims by the United States that China accounted for 99 percent of the illicit performance-enhancing drugs in the largest drug-enforcement action in United States history, known as Operation Raw Deal, last year. The United States had asked China to investigate 37 drug manufacturers.

June 19, 2008 8:51 AM
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