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  1. Probe fails to solve drug deaths

    Posted Jul 19th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing A joint investigation by the mainland and US drug authorities has failed to identify the exact cause of deaths related to a substance in a blood thinner exported to the US, according to the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA). Spokeswoman Yan Jiangying said experts from both countries had investigated products using the blood thinner heparin produced ...

  2. Generic version of Aids drugs considered

    Posted Mar 12th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Beijing to go ahead if talks with drug companies for cheaper patents fail The mainland is still weighing up whether to compulsorily acquire the right to produce patented antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to treat Aids patients. Shao Yiming, chief scientist at the National Centre for Aids/STD Control and Prevention, said the central government was prepared ...

  3. HIV patients develop resistance to free drugs

    Posted Dec 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... for the mainland's free Aids-treatment programme after a study found a high level of drug resistance among recipients. Shao Yiming, director of the virology and immunology office of the National Centre for Aids and Sexually Transmitted Disease Control and Prevention, said at an international conference yesterday that the existing two regimens of free antiretroviral drugs distributed to HIV ...

  4. Young HIV victims given hope by drug plan

    Posted Sep 09th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Zhengzhou Only two months ago, HIV-positive seven-year-old Xu Weifeng had a fever, threw up after meals and had blisters all over his body. Then he was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the first batch of 200 children to be included in a Clinton Foundation programme allowing them to receive paediatric anti-retroviral drug treatment. Yesterday, Weifeng met ...

  5. Children dying for lack of Aids drug cocktails

    Posted Jan 12th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... the central government has sent free antiretroviral drugs to Henan's Shangcai county, one of the areas with the highest prevalence of HIV on the mainland, children do not benefit because ... because they lack the training to give accurate doses for children. Doctors at Shangcai Hospital decided not to give Feiyang adult drugs because he was weak and underweight, Mr Xiong said. ...

  6. HIV-positive activist puts focus on educating drug addicts

    Posted Nov 30th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... from her drug-addicted husband. The 28-year-old accountant- a Xinjiang university graduate- now heads an Aids patients' self-help group, the Red Silk Ribbon Activity Centre in Urumqi. Yiping, which is not her real name, is confident of her ability to manage the centre, which has several hundred members, and wants to reach out to Urumqi's drug addicts, estimated to number ...

  7. Addicts dyeing to give up the habit

    Posted Jun 26th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Kunming Arts and crafts classes part of a 'humanistic' approach to weaning users off drugs Wearing a black T-shirt with the word 'dancing' and stretching his legs before the media pack, 26-year-old drug addict Xiao Cui said he never imagined he would even try dancing. Mr Cui- who was only willing to be identified by his surname- was among ...

  8. 'People's war' launched against ballooning narcotics problem

    Posted May 27th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing The number of registered mainland drug addicts increased by 6.8 per cent to 791,000 last year, the government announced yesterday as it appealed to the public for help to combat the problem. The deputy secretary-general of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, Yang Fengrui, said police had arrested 67,000 drug traffickers last year and seized ...

  9. Beijing might call for stockpile of Tamiflu

    Posted Oct 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... pandemic. The Ministry of Health would make the decision, as it is responsible for determining which drugs to stock and how much. The drugs would become part of a national reserve of medicine ... is available. Central government guidelines specify three antivirals for treating people with bird flu: oseltamivir (another name for Tamiflu), amantadine and the similar drug rimantadine, as well ...

  10. All Yunnan addicts bound for rehab

    Posted Jun 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Kunming New offensive against narcotics will see drug treatment centres expanded to house 68,000 people Yunnan province is to launch a pilot programme designed to put all drug addicts into rehabilitation centres in the latest effort to fight narcotics abuse. Authorities conducted three surveys last year to verify official records and found there were 68,000 drug ...




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