Archive for the ‘medicines’ Category

US says contaminated blood-thinner came from China

March 7, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Batches of the recalled blood thinner heparin, which contained an unidentified contaminant and has been linked to 19 deaths, have ingredients that came from China, the US government said Thursday.

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which added that Germany has announced its own recall of heparin due to allergic reactions, has yet to prove that the contaminant was the cause of the deaths as well as other adverse health effects.

But the FDA said that all the US batches of heparin linked to health problems and deaths were made with ingredients that came from China.

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China seizes dozens of fake types of drugs

July 27, 2007

BEIJING (AFP) – China announced Friday the arrests of 15 gang members for making dozens of fake drugs, including rabies vaccines and blood protein, in the latest example of graft plaguing the nation’s health sector.

The gang was caught producing 67 types of fake drugs, packing some of them with starch, and then selling them to medical institutions, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Among the drugs seized during the raids on the gang were 10,000 doses of fake….

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