China’s Battle For Drug Safety

Earlier this month, $180 million worth of counterfeit pharmaceuticals were seized and nearly 2,000 people were arrested by Chinese authorities, part of an ongoing government pledge to enhance drug safety and crackdown on counterfeiting after tainted Chinese-made medicine killed users across the globe in 2007 and 2008. A post from SecuringPharma.com summarizes a report from China’s Ministry of Public Security outlining their progress in cleaning-up counterfeit food and drugs over the past year: According to newly released figures from the Chinese Ministry of Public Security police have shut down 147,000 sites involved in the fake food and drug trade since August 2011. Over the same period the police have reportedly resolved 185,000 criminal cases linked to counterfeiting. Information from the public played a big role in the anti-counterfeiting cases. The Ministry says the police paid 12,000 informants $4.4m for helping to identify and solve cases of fake food and drugs. [...]Data on the success of anti-counterfeiting efforts comes as China tries to show publicly that it is taking control of the situation. From October the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) will blacklist manufacturers of fake drugs as part of the intensified anti-counterfeiting push. Xinhua relays a drug safety supervisor’s forecast on what’s to come in Beijing’s campaign for drug safety: In the latter half of this year, the SFDA will step up joint actions with other law enforcement agencies and government departments to curb counterfeit medicines, he [Yin Li, director of the SFDA] said. Efforts will be made to improve the coordination among drug safety agencies from different regions as well as cooperation between the government and enterprises, he said. In addition, the SFDA will start an inspection on the production of medicines listed as the national essential medicines in the next four months. Despite Beijing’s recent efforts, China ...
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