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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Police forces need global co-operation to defeat the drug barons

    Posted Jan 17th 2014, 02:41am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Global reach to beat drug trade A massive anti-drugs operation that seized three tonnes of Ice- or crystal methamphetamine- from a single Guangdong village made headlines for three days in the new year. Within a week, a report in the Sunday Morning Post linking Hong Kong triads with one of Mexico's most powerful crime and drug syndicates made it look like ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A ban on trans-fats is the way to go

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... is increased substantially as a result of trans-fat consumption. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, the proposed ban can prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths a year. It is good ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong's proposed drug testing plan needs full debate

    Posted Oct 15th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Drug testing plan needs full debate The law giving police the power to test drivers for drugs was not controversial, given that lives and property could be saved. ... and debated. Record drug hauls have been netted in our city over the past year, but authorities are vague about whether the narcotics seized were destined for local, mainland or overseas markets. ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Crackdown on drug giants can fight corruption

    Posted Jul 19th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Crack down on drug corruption Former health minister Chen Zhu, now a vice-chairman of the National People's Congress, said earlier this year his trickiest task had been trying to change public hospitals. Just how tricky is shown by the central government's investigation of British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline over a reported 3 billion yuan (HK$3.8 billion) ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China to make food and drug safety a top priority

    Posted Mar 16th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Putting food and drug safety first The mainland's frightening list of food scandals that have killed and sickened untold numbers are the consequence ... Council's decision to create a single agency to deal with food and drug regulation finally moves in the right direction. But only if there is transparency and proper enforcement of rules ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Medicines offer best hope for combating HIV in absence of a cure

    Posted Dec 01st 2013, 05:38am by SCMP Editorial

    ... that could test for, prevent, and treat HIV. Nonetheless, countless millions remain alive today thanks to education and safe-sex practices that prevent infection, or advances in early drug treatment of HIV-positive people that delays the onset of Aids. All three factors resonate in Hong Kong. Contrary to reported experience in Asia generally, where young drug users account for most new infections, ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must continue cross-border co-operation on narcotics

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Co-operate to beat drug gangs One of the challenges to anti-drug authorities posed by the growing trade in methamphetamines is that they are easily produced in small, widely dispersed laboratories, so it is difficult to cut off at source. This has attracted international drug syndicates to the highly profitable logistics of getting large consignments together ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Drugmakers need code of conduct in China

    Posted Jul 31st 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Code of conduct for drug firms Beijing has cast doubt on GlaxoSmithKline's claim that a few "bad apples" - or local Chinese executives - were responsible ... is the rule rather than the exception in relationships between hospitals and local and foreign drugmakers, officials appear to be on safe ground. That is not to say drug companies are solely to blame. ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Antibiotics abuse is an increasing threat in China

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Germs began developing resistance to the new life-saving class of drugs soon after penicillin was introduced in the 1940s. Science stayed one step ahead by producing new drugs, but could ... was the use of veterinary antibiotics to increase food production. The drug-resistant bacteria could easily be passed from animals to humans. The central government declined to provide researchers ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China must fix its health-care system

    Posted Oct 21st 2013, 03:23am by SCMP Editorial

    ... But even a budget of 850 billion yuan was never going to fix a broken system. Recent revelations of corrupt relationships between multinational drug companies and health care services have done ...




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