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  1. Six sentenced to death after Nigeria is sent fake drugs

    Posted Dec 10th 2009, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... pharmaceutical companies for exporting counterfeit drugs from 2001 to 2007. Indian media attributed the ban to fake Chinese drugs labelled Indian-made, seriously defaming its pharmaceutical industry. ... as some Indians who exported spurious drugs to Nigeria were also standing trial in India. The mainland's pharmaceutical industry is lucrative but its supervision has been much criticised. ...

  2. Drug firms under the microscope

    Posted Dec 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com Beijing will establish a credit rating system, intensify monitoring of pharmaceutical companies and stamp out manipulation of drug prices by 2015. ... drug safety and improve drug pricing and the centralised purchasing of drugs. The mechanism for recalling problem drugs will also be completed. 'Our country's pharmaceutical companies ...

  3. Crackdown on illegal drug sales in shops

    Posted Sep 20th 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... are available as offending shops will, for the first time, be named and shamed on a website. Under measures to enhance drug safety, shops that sell pharmaceutical products will be subject to more ... as well as 3,400 'medicine companies' or drug stores. Dispensaries are authorised to sell highly controlled drugs such as psychotropic drugs, antibiotics, steroids and cough syrup under ...

  4. Cost a bitter pill to swallow

    Posted Jul 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... to the creation of hundreds companies making generic drugs. But in 2005, in a move that Hamied calls 'disastrous', India signed the intellectual property agreement Trips (Trade Related ... feature of TRIPS is that it allows governments the option of 'compulsory licensing' - granting a licence to a domestic drug company, without the consent of the patent owner, permitting ...

  5. Reform to plug pharmacy loopholes

    Posted Jan 07th 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... of controlled drugs. A minority of private doctors get supplies from pharmaceutical companies at a low price, then sell the products to drug stores for profit, they said. Quite often, pharmaceutical companies provide so-called bonus medicine to private doctors, such as two extra packs for every 10 packs they buy. The bonus packs are not shown on the order or delivery forms. Many orders are made ...

  6. Should developing countries produce generic versions of patented drugs?

    Posted Oct 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Jeffrey Wong, Claudia Yip

    ... of helping them. Producing generic drugs is an open violation of the intellectual property rights of the pharmaceutical companies who spend a lot of time and money researching new medicines. ... The pharmaceutical industry should follow suit by helping the needy. It should offer a helping hand to developing and underdeveloped countries. The industry should team up with international NGOs, like ...

  7. Drug review put in hands of high-level committee

    Posted Mar 20th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... illegally packaged more than 2 million tablets of the antidepressant amitriptyline. Apart from the 25 pharmaceutical companies which have achieved good manufacturing practice (GMP) standards, ...

  8. Bitter medicine

    Posted Jul 12th 2006, 12:00am by Simon Montlake

    ... of political interference by the US pharmaceutical industry, which had lobbied for stricter intellectual-property rights. The row came as the WHO was gearing up for a change of leadership after ... pharmaceutical patents on lifesaving drugs 'would put at risk the survival of hundreds of thousands of Thai citizens', and could bankrupt Thailand's subsidised health-care system, he ...

  9. The problem of figuring out what X-rated drugs really do

    Posted Apr 11th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Some newspapers block out four-letter words with Xs. Some drug companies are following suit with advertisements about products that deal with sensitive body parts ... such intriguing English names as Breslin, Ovarin and Wombin. But the company's advert declines to go into details. You wouldn't know exactly what problems those drugs try to address from reading ...

  10. Trust is indispensible for effective drugs

    Posted Jul 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com We all know about banksters. Perhaps we can now add 'drugsters' to our vocabulary. The largest drug companies, it seems, are not far behind the big banks ... not casting doubt on the efficacy of the drugs used or the integrity of the companies that produce them. But making a decision is confusing enough for parents without those scandals to think about. ...




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