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  1. News - Asia - INDIA

    Cancer drug maker Novartis loses India patent battle

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 01:58pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in New Delhi Landmark ruling could help the poor get access to affordable medicines India’s Supreme Court rejected on Monday a patent bid by Swiss drug giant Novartis in a landmark ruling that activists say will protect access to cheap generic drugs and save lives in developing nations. Novartis fought a seven-year legal battle to gain patent protection ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1204646/cancer-drug-maker-novartis-loses-india-patent-battle
  2. 18 pharmacies selling fake products named

    Posted Feb 16th 2011, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip Pharmacies selling fake products would be named and shamed, the Consumer Council said yesterday as it identified 18 pharmacies caught selling counterfeit drugs. In its monthly magazine Choice, the watchdog published the results of 19 cases concerning the sale of counterfeit drugs over the past year, involving 18 shops. The dispensaries sold drugs with forged trademarks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/738250/18-pharmacies-selling-fake-products-named
  3. 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, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/992674/pledge-upgrade-drug-standards
  4. Mainland fake drug network smashed

    Posted Aug 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Li Jing jing.li@scmp.com Mainland police have detained almost 2,000 people in a nationwide sweep on a fake drugs network said to be worth 1.16 billion yuan (HK$1.42 billion). The Public ... manuals. Some of the seized drugs falsely claimed to be able to cure illnesses such as cancer, hypertension, diabetes and skin disorders. The adverse effects of the fake drugs could prove fatal, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1014124/mainland-fake-drug-network-smashed
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/987117/drug-firms-under-microscope
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/991968/leading-drug-maker-has-big-plans-branch-out
  7. Shops to be exposed in fake medicine fight

    Posted Dec 28th 2010, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... as the real item has an uneven texture. Po Sum On Medicated Oil can only be distinguished by its colour after removing it from the package. Common counterfeits include drugs treating erectile ... or in storage and 7 per cent were seized from shops. Of the city's 3,500 pharmacies, two were found selling fake Western medicine and three selling fake Chinese medicine this year. All drugs seized ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/734193/shops-be-exposed-fake-medicine-fight
  8. Monopolise drugs industry, tycoon says

    Posted Mar 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Zhuang Pinghui and Priscilla Jiao The billionaire chairman of Hangzhou Wahaha built his fortune on running a beverage empire in a market economy. But when it comes to the pharmaceutical industry, Zong Qinghou says a monopoly needs to be created. 'The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/994516/monopolise-drugs-industry-tycoon-says
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/988588/chinas-other-drug-trade
  10. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/983607/counterfeit-drug-operation-busted

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