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  1. Third party may be used for testing

    Posted Mar 15th 2009, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun The Department of Health will consider requiring that drug manufacturers have their products tested by a third party in the wake of scandals involving two local pharmaceutical factories. Department chief pharmacist Chan Wing-kin said yesterday it would review its supervision of the drug market. His comments came after scandals over products made by Marching Pharmaceutical ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673357/third-party-may-be-used-testing
  2. Doctor questions city's readiness for drug tests

    Posted Aug 13th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam, Celine Sun, Clifford Lo

    ... Celine Sun, Agnes Lam and Clifford Lo A doctor who conducts drug screening for English Schools Foundation schools has questioned whether the government is properly prepared and equipped ... a centre that treat alcoholics and drug abusers in Aberdeen. A US-certified medical review officer, Dr Moran has carried out drug testing for several schools in Hong Kong. His clinic currently ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/689582/doctor-questions-citys-readiness-drug-tests
  3. Chief singled out youth drug abuse 2 years ago

    Posted Aug 16th 2009, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Eva Wu and Celine Sun Tackling juvenile drug abuse was identified as one of Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's concerns in his policy address after his re-election as chief executive two years ago. Yet, the matter was not given top priority until recently, when reports of drug abuse among young people emerged in June. Mr Tsang said last month that the problem required 'urgent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/689883/chief-singled-out-youth-drug-abuse-2-years-ago
  4. 100 pupils a month expected to seek help after drug-test launch

    Posted Oct 20th 2009, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Ng Yuk-hang, Celine Sun and Ng Kang-chung A counselling centre expects to help 200 youngsters in the first two months after a drug-testing scheme is introduced at schools in Tai Po. Billy Tang Kam-piu, representative of the Lutheran Cheer Centre, which is the government's designated counselling centre to help drug users, gave this estimate yesterday as he announced ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/695953/100-pupils-month-expected-seek-help-after-drug-test-launch
  5. Drug safety proposals rushed, advisers warn

    Posted Nov 06th 2009, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun Two medical professionals have urged the government to reconsider some of the proposals put up by a review committee to improve drug safety, saying the recommendations do ... president of the Practising Pharmacists Association, said they opposed one of the proposals, which required all doctors and retailers to keep written records for drug orders. Chang said it would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/697484/drug-safety-proposals-rushed-advisers-warn
  6. 359 Europharm drug samples deemed clean

    Posted Mar 15th 2009, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun The Department of Health says no further contamination has been found in samples of more than 300 drugs manufactured by Europharm, the drug maker involved in a fungal infection scandal. The department held a press conference yesterday to announce that 359 drug samples, including those of 41 drugs supplied to public hospitals, had passed safety tests, as had all 39 samples ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673356/359-europharm-drug-samples-deemed-clean
  7. Director of health dismisses criticism after drug blunder

    Posted Sep 09th 2009, 12:00am by Celine Sun, Ella Lee

    ... and drugs dispensing. After these incidents, there will be more workers to share the two jobs,' he said. Under the scheme launched this month, the department provides free inoculation ... the families of 1,357 children and found 50 who had been given syrup with the wrong labels. Of these, four children aged below one year and 13 older children had actually taken the drug. All were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/691921/director-health-dismisses-criticism-after-drug-blunder
  8. Tight-knit web of directors at top of city's medicine makers

    Posted Mar 11th 2009, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun Two directors of Europharm, the company at the centre of the drug scare, operate five other major drug firms in the city. Four of these are believed to be among the five largest ... of 3,000 types of medicines used at public hospitals. William Chui Chun-ming, education director of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Hong Kong, believed the volume of drugs supplied ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/672859/tight-knit-web-directors-top-citys-medicine-makers
  9. It's the little things that matter

    Posted May 09th 2009, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun Parents are happiest when their children show them consideration and are willing to chat, a survey by political group New Century Forum has found. Academic performance was the least important factor affecting parents' happiness. Youth drug abuse and gambling were their biggest fears. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/679665/its-little-things-matter
  10. Mixed reaction to continuing use of Europharm products

    Posted Mar 10th 2009, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Authority should suspend supplies from the Tai Po-based pharmacist until all its drugs had been checked. Others regarded the contamination of the company's gout medicine as an isolated case and showed few worries about its other drugs. The authority has said it will stop prescribing Europharm's medicines if there are other options. Gout patient Li Kam-wing, 50, visited Prince ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/672734/mixed-reaction-continuing-use-europharm-products

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