counterfeit medicine

Fake Drug Pipeline Undercuts Malaria Progress

The Wall Street Journal examines the global trade in fake, counterfeit and otherwise substandard malaria medication, in which China and particularly Guangzhou’s African community appear to play a substantial part. From...

China’s Health Aid in Africa: Good Intentions, Bad Drugs

China Daily’s Africa edition, launched last week, is just the latest component of a long-running soft power campaign. China has been sending medical teams to Africa for almost 50 years, and has 42 currently at work around...

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...

Almost 2,000 Arrested Over Counterfeit Drugs

The Chinese government has arrested almost 2,000 people and confiscated about $180 million worth of counterfeit drugs, Reuters reports: The operation, involving around 18,000 police officers, discovered fake or adulterated drugs...

“Mr. Director, Please Resign!”[Update]

It was recently discovered that medicine capsules had been manufactured with toxic materials made from scrap leather. Twenty-two people have been detained so far in this latest product safety scandal. On Sina Weibo, a netizen...

Police Seize $30 Million Worth of Counterfeit Drugs

During an investigation of illegal drug networks, police in Henan province seized approximately $30million in counterfeit pharmaceuticals and 65 medicine bottles. China Daily reports: The public security bureau in the city of...

Chemicals Flow Unchecked From China to Drug Market – Walt Bogdanich

Amid reports of poisonous toys and tainted food products, the New York Times has a lengthy report on unregulated and often deadly drugs entering the world market from China: Pharmaceutical ingredients exported from China are often made by chemical companies that are neither certified nor inspected by Chinese drug regulators, The New York Times has […]

Official: China Probes State-Owned Company’s Link to Panama Medicine Deaths – AP

Chinese authorities have announced an investigation into a state-owned company that allegedly distributed tainted medicine responsible for 94 deaths in Panama. From AP: The developments come as Beijing is battling international mistrust centered on Chinese exports found to contain potentially toxic chemicals and additives. China has recently taken steps apparently aimed at recapturing global confidence […]

Chinese Netizens Hailed the Man who Once Sued Zheng Xiaoyu – Josie Liu

Josie Liu reports on whistle blower Gao Chun, who tried for years to expose corruption within the pharmaceutical industry and the State Food and Drug Administration and the support he is garnering from netizens in China: Gao Chun, a 41-year-old man from Hunan, gained his fame along with Mr. Zheng Xiaoyu’s fall. He was featured […]

China Says Exports Are Safe as FDA Warns Against Using Chinese-Made Toothpaste

As the New York Times reports that 900,000 tubes of toothpaste manufactured in China and poisoned with antifreeze have been distributed to hospitals for the mentally ill, prisons, and some regular hospitals, the Chinese government defended the quality of the country’s exports. From AP: China insisted Thursday that the safety of its products was “guaranteed,” […]

Why All Fakes Lead to China – Bright B Simons

As the Los Angeles Times reports that cough medicine which included a toxic ingredient that originated in China may be to blame for at least 67 deaths in Panama, Asia Times reports on the abundance of fake goods, including dinosaur bones, streaming out of China: There is something a bit geeky about faking dinosaur remains. […]

Tainted Chinese Imports Common – Rick Weiss

Following news that poisoned toothpaste imported to Panama may have come from China, the Washington Post offers another report on the ubiquity of contaminated imports from China, which U.S. officials have done little to stem. Last month alone, more than 1,000 counterfeit or tainted food, medicines, cosmetics or dietary supplements were detained at U.S. ports: […]



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