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China Recalls Product Suspected As Cause of Liver Damage

November 12, 2008

China has ordered a hemorrhoid medicine off pharmacy shelves over fears the capsules were to blame for liver problems, state media reported on Wednesday.

The State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) demanded the nationwide recall of the “Zhixue” capsules made by Vital Pharmaceutical Holdings Ltd in southwest China, Xinhua news agency reported.

Twenty-one people across the country suffered “liver problems” after taking the medicine in past months, and another 14 reported other problems, Xinhua reported.

But the notice posted on the SFDA website (www.sfda.gov.cn) on Tuesday said investigators were still trying to establish whether the pills caused the illness.

“A link between the Zhixue capsules and the liver damage cannot be ruled out,” said the notice. “More research needs to be done on the mechanism of occurrence,” it said.

Chinese-made products, including medicines, have been beset by flaws and toxins that have alarmed consumers at home and abroad. The country’s milk supply was at the heart of the latest scandal, over the unlawful use of the industrial chemical melamine, blamed for the deaths of four children.

Vital Pharmaceuticals has suspended production of the pills, and retailers and consumers have been asked to return them, said the official notice.

There was no mention in the report or notice of any of the pills being exported.

(Reporting by Chris Buckley; Editing by Ken Wills from Reuters)

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Rahm Emanuel: “Cross Between a Hemorrhoid and a Toothache” Paul Begala Says

November 6, 2008

Tough guy, triathlete, a man who can tease presidents and ballet dancer?  He’s really a pit viper…

Ballet Class by Robyn Vickers Snaps.
This is NOT Rahm Emanuel’s Ballet class….

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By Nina Easton, Fortune Washington bureau chief


WASHINGTON D.C., (Fortune) — On a wretchedly hot August day outside the Caterpillar tractor plant in Montgomery, Ill., President Bush and the state’s congressional delegation gather for the signing of the massive transportation bill. This is 2005, the calm before the Katrina storm, and a rigorous mountain-biking schedule has the President in top shape.

In off-camera chitchat with the shirt-sleeved lawmakers, Bush takes note of Democratic Congressman Rahm Emanuel’s deep tan, prompting the 46-year-old Emanuel to boast about the miles of swimming and biking in his triathlon training schedule.

(This story is an excerpt from the story that ran in the October 2, 2006 issue of Fortune.
Read the entire story:
http://money.cnn.com/2006/09/17/magazines/fortune/politics.fortune/index.htm)

Testosterone oozes into the humid air space between the two men. Bush invites Emanuel down to Texas to do some real biking. “So I said, ‘I’ll make you a deal, Mr. President. I’ll bike if you swim.’ Now he didn’t exactly say swimming was a wussy sport, but you could tell…. So I said, ‘Mr. President, Laura can put your water wings next to the lake. You can have your water wings.’ ”

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Emanuel on his way to a Democratic Party fundraiser in Cleveland on August 30.

At that point you might think this graduate of the Evanston School of Ballet would leave well enough alone. But Emanuel is hard-wired to go for the jugular: Politics Chicago-style are part of his DNA. So he sharpens his drill bit on the leader of the free world. “I said to him, ‘You’re not one of those tribathletes, are you, Mr. President? You know – steam, sauna, shower?’

“And Bush goes, ‘That’s g-o-o-d.'”

Banter with a U.S. President is nothing new to Emanuel; he was at Bill Clinton’s side as a political advisor inside the White House for six years and still talks strategy with him at least once a month. Now chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – the operations center for House candidates – Emanuel is applying rugged business discipline to the Democratic Party’s historic effort to wrest control of the U.S. House from the Republicans. Last year he recruited dozens of candidates to challenge GOP incumbents. This year he is holding feet to the fire to raise record amounts for the Democrats’ effort.

Along the way Emanuel has widened his core of admirers – and made powerful enemies. Nervous about being swamped by Republican money this fall, he spent the summer locked in a bitter dispute with Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean over the allocation of election resources. In private Emanuel told off Dean. In public he’s aimed similar messages at liberal financiers like George Soros for being stingy and at the leftist activists in MoveOn.org for being ineffective.

All this matters, of course, only if the Democrats lose. “Holy Christ, his butt is on the line,” says Democratic strategist Paul Begala, who describes Emanuel’s aggressive style as a “cross between a hemorrhoid and a toothache.”

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http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/
2006/10/02/8387515/index.htm