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  1. 25 manufacturing plants to undergo inspection

    Posted Mar 13th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Ng Yuk-hang and Martin Wong Twenty-five drug plants in the city would be inspected and the government would consider reviewing the regulatory system to ensure safety amid the drug-contamination scare, a health official said yesterday. All drug makers with Department of Health 'good manufacturing practice' (GMP) accreditation would be inspected to check their ability ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673137/25-manufacturing-plants-undergo-inspection
  2. Drug in pigs exposes evils in supply chain

    Posted Mar 16th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by fake and substandard products, World Consumer Rights Day was marked yesterday with an annual programme on China Central Television that showed the dangerous drug being added to pig feed ... is a banned muscle-developing drug that some farmers feed to pigs to reduce body fat and give meat a pinker, fresher appearance. Eating tainted meat may cause dizziness, fatigue, palpitations ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/741056/drug-pigs-exposes-evils-supply-chain
  3. More unlicensed products found as drug firm apologises

    Posted Oct 27th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau, Staff Reporter

    ... on Friday. The drugs ordered to be recalled include painkillers, cold medicine and antibiotics. The latest affected products are Chlordiazepoxide 2.5mg capsules and Chlordiazepoxide 10mg capsules, used for short-term treatment of anxiety. The department said both were dangerous drugs and only supplied to private doctors. It said Neochem would recall the two batches from the doctors ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/728628/more-unlicensed-products-found-drug-firm-apologises
  4. Neochem says it's sorry for making unlicensed drugs

    Posted Oct 27th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau A drug maker has apologised for continuing to produce antibiotics and other pills after the firm's licence was suspended by the Department of Health because some of its ... professional pharmaceutical consultants to assess our drug-making processes and risk-management systems and give us suggestions on how to strengthen our quality control.' A Department of Health ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/728665/neochem-says-its-sorry-making-unlicensed-drugs
  5. Drugs firm in trouble for unlicensed output

    Posted Oct 25th 2010, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy A drug manufacturer that carried on production when its licence was suspended may have its licence revoked or even face criminal charges. The warning was issued by Director of Health Dr Lam Ping-yan yesterday. Lam said the Pharmacy and Poisons (Manufacturers Licensing) Committee would discuss the case of Neochem Pharmaceutical Laboratories. The department was seeking ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/728468/drugs-firm-trouble-unlicensed-output
  6. Most drug makers not up to standard for full licence

    Posted Aug 16th 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Fewer than half of 363 makers of proprietary Chinese medicine in Hong Kong have conditions good enough to gain full registration. And only seven factories have a certificate of good manufacturing practice, the internationally recognised standard for drug makers. As of June this year, 203 of the 363 makers of proprietary Chinese medicine still hold a transitional ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/722261/most-drug-makers-not-standard-full-licence
  7. Hospital Authority chief defends frontline staff for giving advice on cheaper drugs

    Posted Mar 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang No frontline medical staff should be punished over a recent investigation into unauthorised drug sales in public hospitals, a Hospital Authority chief said yesterday. The medical staff were acting out of goodwill when they recommended to patients ways to get cheaper drugs, authority cluster services director Dr Cheung Wai-lun said. 'They are only supplying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/708675/hospital-authority-chief-defends-frontline-staff-giving-advice-cheaper-drugs
  8. Heart drug recall over label error

    Posted Feb 20th 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong A drug wholesaler has ordered a recall of a blood pressure and heart drug manufactured in Canada due to incorrect labelling. Trenton-Boma initiated a recall of one batch of PMS-Carvedilol 12.5mg tablets delivered since December. A total of 2,218 bottles with the batch number 444937, each containing 100 tablets of the prescription drug, had been supplied to the Hospital ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/706484/heart-drug-recall-over-label-error
  9. Overhaul for drug safety on the way

    Posted Dec 31st 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ng Yuk-hang and Ella Lee Drug control in Hong Kong is poised to be overhauled with the creation of a new safety office following a series of drug-related blunders this year. The setting up of the office was recommended yesterday by a government-appointed review committee, which is proposing that it be in place by 2011. All controlled drugs would be labelled 'prescription drugs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/702411/overhaul-drug-safety-way
  10. Drug price cuts slated for end of year postponed

    Posted Dec 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... the National Development and Reform Commission announced a list of 1,000 'essential drugs' that would see price cuts of up to 12 per cent by the end of the year. This is part of a broader ... ahead of more expensive alternatives when treating patients. The reform will be applied nationwide by 2020. Xie Xiaoyu, director of the Ministry of Health's essential drug system division, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/702012/drug-price-cuts-slated-end-year-postponed

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