Drug pirates leave death in their wake – Jonathan Watts

From the Guardian:

No one will ever know how many Chinese men – and women – were sexually satisfied after taking the American Number One, Male Exclusive, Great Big Brother pills sold by Xi Yongli.

When the product was raised in court recently, it was not its potency that was on trial. Rather, it was the legality of using a drug better known as Viagra.

In the latest case to highlight the rampant in China’s pharmaceutical industry, Xi and his accomplices were found guilty of making 60 tonnes of pills without a licence or the permission of Pfizer – the US company that has the patent on Viagra’s active ingredient, sildenafil citrate. [Full text]

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