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  1. Spending on medicine to rise 3pc

    Posted Oct 11th 2007, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Public hospitals are expected to spend an extra 3 per cent on drugs in the next three years as more life-saving medicines are made. The Hospital Authority's drug expenditure jumped from HK$1.8 billion in 2002/03 to HK$2.2 billion in 2005/06. Director of cluster services Cheung Wai-lun said the drug budget would keep rolling. 'New cancer drugs, biopharmaceuticals ...

  2. Counterfeit drug operation busted

    Posted Nov 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... In all, 6,500 vials of counterfeit drugs were found to have been repackaged to look like bona fide medication from more than a dozen licensed drug makers, both Chinese and foreign. News of the haul coincided with a visit to China by Dara Corrigan, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs with the US Food and Drug Administration, to discuss drug safety. China has become a major ...

  3. Massive fake-drug network busted

    Posted Nov 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alice Yan ting.yan@scmp.com Mainland police have cracked a massive crime network that bought used drug packages and bottles from hospital cleaners across the nation and sold them for the production of fake drugs, according to the Ministry of Public Security and local media. The discovery is believed to be just the tip of the iceberg- a huge fake-drug market on the mainland. ...

  4. Move to tackle poor access to cheap drugs

    Posted Oct 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com The health ministry will modify its system for essential drugs next year after a two-year trial found that it covers too few drugs to effectively keep patients' medical bills in check. An improved system will be geared to address the poor access to cheap and effective drugs, which stems from pharmaceutical companies being reluctant ...

  5. Award for malaria drug discovery reignites row

    Posted Sep 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen and Zhuang Pinghui A Chinese professor who helped to discover an anti-malarial drug that saved millions of lives was presented with an award considered to be as prestigious ... on the drug's development in the 1960s and '70s as part of a team at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. They delved into ancient folklore to discover that sweet wormwood had ...

  6. Officials to crack down on pharmacies

    Posted Jul 14th 2007, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... humiliations caused by doping. The State Food and Drug Administration plans nationwide inspections of pharmacies and drug wholesalers over the next few months, especially those operating in Olympic host cities, to ensure they do not sell performance-enhancing drugs. That move is expected to spearhead an unprecedented joint anti-doping campaign by the drug watchdog, customs authorities, ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Only trained nurses should dispense medicine, jury urges

    Posted Sep 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... doctor had died as a result of a drugs mix-up. The jury also suggested that drugs' generic names should be printed alongside their trade names. The recommendations were made by the five-member jury, which ruled yesterday on the deaths of five elderly patients wrongly given a diabetes drug instead of medicine for stomach pain. The jury reached a verdict of misadventure ...

  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. Subsidised drug list to undergo constant review

    Posted Apr 19th 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez To appease patient groups, the Hospital Authority says criteria will be monitored A list of subsidised drugs that all hospitals will use from late this year ... for it to be more transparent about the plan because it would affect many chronically ill and destitute patients. The central drug list will also set out criteria that determine who will pay the standard, ...




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