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  1. Huge haul of flu pills seized at airport

    Posted Jun 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... turned into quantities of the drug Ice with a street value of HK$26.5 million. The huge haul comes amid a mainland crackdown on the distribution and sale of flu tablets containing ... a 'devastating blow' to drug traffickers. 'The controls [on the mainland have] apparently forced drug dealers to find a new supply of the chemicals from other countries and smuggle them ...

  2. Twist of faith

    Posted May 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... a drug that is usually given to counter overdoses of opiates such as heroin, was found in 1978 to block the effectiveness of placebos, suggesting that endogenous opioids- the pleasure chemicals, ... in 2009 found that in every placebo-controlled trial ever done on a migraine drug, people in the control group who received a dummy sugar pill felt similar side effects to whatever drug ...

  3. It's not what the doctor ordered

    Posted Mar 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... online pharmaceuticals trade is a multibillion-dollar industry- and is still growing. It isn't just the convenience of online shopping that attracts customers. In many cases, drugs bought online are cheaper- particularly generic brands- plus, there's no need for a prescription. There are also drugs available online that are not on sale in Hong Kong. Dr Winnie Mui, a general ...

  4. Hit middlemen in birth trade hard

    Posted Feb 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The public has grown increasingly frustrated at the seeming impotence of the authorities to stem the tide of mainland mothers overtaxing the city's obstetrics services. Less than a month into the auspicious year of the dragon, maternity services at o ...

  5. Pledge to upgrade drug standards

    Posted Feb 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com Beijing has pledged to upgrade domestic drug standards to international levels in the next four years as part of a drive to improve drug safety. Chemical drugs and biological products should reach or be close to international standards by 2015 and at least 90 per cent of medical equipment should meet international standards by then, ...

  6. Leading drug maker has big plans to branch out

    Posted Feb 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Sophie Yu sophie.yu@scmp.com Shanghai Pharmaceuticals, one of the mainland's biggest drug makers and distributors, is buying Changzhou Kony Pharma to broaden its product portfolio and strengthen the manufacturing of special active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). APIs refer to the substance in a drug that is biologically active. The state-owned company said it would pay 300 ...

  7. HK police go to Manila for drugs probe

    Posted Feb 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The five men claimed to be Hongkongers but had 11 passports between them, 10 allegedly issued by the Hong Kong government. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will also ask the Hong Kong ... that drug cartels were suspected of planning 'to make this country a major manufacturing hub, designed not only for here but for southeast China'. Valued at 37.5 million pesos (HK$6.8 ...

  8. Two Hongkongers sought by police after further drug raids in Manila

    Posted Jan 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Philippine anti-drugs police are searching for two Hongkongers after two Ice factories were found abandoned in the same upmarket community where five Hongkongers were arrested last week. Jose Gutierrez, executive director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), said Friday night's raid on two properties in Ayala, Alabang Village, were ...

  9. China's other drug trade

    Posted Dec 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... busted by police for producing fake drugs,' one guard said. Police detained four of the company's managers in August, and in the following days 'manufacturing equipment was hauled ... year, was licensed to produce compounds called raw peptide products for other drug makers. However, police discovered that the company used only a small portion of its facilities ...

  10. Drug firms under the microscope

    Posted Dec 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com Beijing will establish a credit rating system, intensify monitoring of pharmaceutical companies and stamp out manipulation of drug prices by 2015. A drug safety plan was approved at a State Council meeting chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday. The plan, which will run until the end of 2015, will set up a long-term mechanism to regulate ...




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