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Postlude to a Whistleblower’s Story

Back in 2007, a former Hunan pharmacist named Gao Chun (高纯) earned scorn and admiration for daring to stand up to corrupt practices within China’s State Food & Drug Administration. A July 7, 2010 Southern Metropolis...

Vaccine Probe: Ex-health Chief Accused of Graft

China Daily has an update on the vaccine scandal in Shanxi: The latest probe into a vaccine scandal in north China’s Shanxi Province showed violation of rules by the provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention...

China Looking at Major Health Reforms

From AP, via the alternet.org: China announced Monday the outlines of a thorough reform of the health care system that pledges to provide improved services to all citizens by 2020, tackling a critical issue that has become a...

Complaint Offers Window on Chinese Drug Ring – David Barboza and Duff Wilson

The New York Times gives more details about the alleged drug smuggling ring that produces the world’s supply of steroids: A 62-page affidavit by a special agent of the Food and Drug Administration details an extraordinary level of personal involvement in the trafficking and sale of the powerful hormones by Jin Lei, the founder and […]

Safety Falters As Chinese Quiet Those Who Cry Foul – Ariana Eunjung Cha

The Washington Post writes about Zhang Zhijian, who was detained in 2006 after reposting an essay outlining collusion between food and drug regulators and pharmaceutical companies: The case of Zhang and other would-be whistleblowers opens a window into the weaknesses of China’s regulatory system, which in recent months has come under global criticism after a […]

China Zeroes in on Food and Drug Safety – Christopher Bodeen

The scandal over tainted food and medicine in China continues: China vowed Wednesday to crack down on contaminated and sometimes deadly food and drugs after a string of sensational revelations about the safety of Chinese products. The campaign followed an announcement that authorities had detained managers from two companies linked to contaminated pet food that […]

Crowd Protests Health Care in China – Joseph Kahn

From the New York Times: Some 2,000 people mobbed and ransacked a hospital in southwestern China on Friday in a dispute over medical fees and shoddy health care practices, a human rights group said today. At least 10 people were injured when police broke up the demonstration at Guang’an (ÂπøÂÆâ) City No. 2 People’s Hospital, […]

Hefty Medical Bills Bought Kids’ Deaths – News Probe/CCTV

An Oct. 16 program of CCTV’s News Probe (Chinese) tells a story about devastated parents, some of whom sold all their property and ran into big debts to come up with hefty bills for as much as 900,000 yuan ($11,000) to treat their little kids’ thalassemia (Âú∞‰∏≠ʵ∑Ë¥´Ë°ÄÁóá) at Guangzhou Zhujiang Hospital (ÂπøÂ∑ûÁè†Ê±üÂåªÈô¢). They were among […]

China SARS hero gets life for accepting bribes – Reuters

From Reuters: A Chinese health official once hailed as a hero for his work in fighting the spread of SARS has been jailed for life for taking “huge” bribes from vaccine distributors, state media said on Saturday. Luo Yaoxing, an official with the Guangdong Provincial Disease Prevention and Control Centre, was convicted and sentenced on […]

Patients Cash Gifts Not Bribes: Beijing Health Bureau – ChinaNews Net

From ChinaNews Net via Yulun Jiandu, translated by CDT: “Red envelopes(Á∫¢ÂåÖ),” a stud of cash from patients’ families, usually willingly, to doctors, are not commercial bribes, says the Beijing Health Bureau, which is in charge of all hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry. The city’s health bureau did set up a commercial bribery self-correction account a […]

Blood-suck hospital gets punishment – Winny Wang

From Shanghai Daily (link): The Ministry of Health punished six officials from a top-level hospital in Heilongjiang Province, by firing its administrative and party chiefs, as it wrapped up the investigation of an over-charged medical bill scandal, Xinhua news agency reported today. The ministry also suspended the top-level license of the 2nd Affiliated Hospital of […]

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