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  1. Warning on danger of generics

    Posted Aug 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy The drug effects of generic medicines may not be identical to the branded items if they use different ingredients to make the inactive parts of the pills, according to Pharmacy professor Kenneth Lee Kwing-chin of Chinese University. Professor Lee warned that doctors unaware of the discrepancies might prescribe the wrong dosage to their patients. 'Even though the drug ...

  2. No subsidy for 69 items in proposed drugs list

    Posted Feb 19th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy But passing a means test may give access to some expensive medicines Patients may have to pay fully for 26 cancer drugs, mainly for terminal cases, under the Hospital Authority's proposed standard drug list, or central drug formulary. They are among 69 drugs that will not be covered by charity funds. Two cancer drugs now subsidised by some hospitals may become paid ...

  3. Beating the cheats

    Posted Sep 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I have to check the racehorses before and after every race to see if they have been given drugs that could affect their performance. It is the same as the way athletes are tested at the Olympics, but our testing scope is much broader. We generally test urine and blood samples from the horses for traces of drugs. But, it is not as simple as matching A with B. Most drugs change when ...

  4. Police seize 3 tonnes of Ecstasy chemicals

    Posted Jul 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo Haul from the mainland is enough to make $100 million worth of the drug Police have seized more than three tonnes of chemicals they believe were intended for the manufacture of Ecstasy. They estimated the materials could have made about $100 million worth of the party drug. The chemicals, hidden among barrels containing oil, were found in two containers shipped from ...

  5. Police arrest three in pharmacy sting

    Posted Mar 16th 2005, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo The owner and two employees of a Mongkok pharmacy were arrested for selling controlled drugs to a rookie policeman disguised as a student in an undercover operation last night. The raid came after police received information that the Dundas Street shop would sell controlled drugs- cough medicine and tranquillisers- to students in school uniform able to quote a secret code ...

  6. Falling drug abuse figures 'misleading'

    Posted Oct 20th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui Hong Kong has seen a further slight decline in drug abuse, but it is still too early to be optimistic, narcotics experts have warned. They say the different pattern of drug abuse might affect the figures and tackling the problem became more complicated as more drug users were crossing the border for cheaper drugs. Winnie Tsui Siu-lo, acting commissioner ...

  7. Customs test new drug detection tool

    Posted Dec 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Benjamin Wong Gun-like device can scan 'targets' at a distance Customs officers are testing a gun-like device that can be used to detect tiny traces of drugs by 'shooting' at travellers. The $200,000 device is already being used by prison officers to monitor drug use by inmates. Customs Drugs Investigation Bureau head Ben Leung Lun-cheung said its biggest ...

  8. Customs seize illicit drugs worth $60,000

    Posted Jan 04th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... ROBIN KWONG Updated at 5.31pm: Hong Kong Customs officers seized 67 grams of cocaine and 94 grams of herbal cannabis, worth about $60,000, in an anti-drug operation on Monday night, a spokesman said on Tuesday. Customs officers also arrested a 21-year-old male drug trafficker during the raid in Jordan. At about 8.20pm, officers from the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau spotted ...

  9. Registry to limit use of expensive drugs by hospitals

    Posted Jan 26th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy Expensive drugs could soon be prescribed only by specialists or have to be paid for by patients under a controversial plan to set up a standard drug registry, according ... to be heavily subsidised. But special items- comprising less than 15 per cent of all drugs within the formulary- are to be prescribed 'under specified clinical conditions with specific specialist ...

  10. Guangdong strengthens its front line in drug war

    Posted Sep 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... worsening drug problem by upgrading a low-level drug-control section to a full bureau and setting up special taskforces at every government level. 'There is already a drug-control section, but it's at a very low level. By elevating it to a bureau, they are allocating more resources to drug-control work to make it more effective,' said a Sun Yat-sen University security expert. ...




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